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What did you do to stop child abuse last year?
by Scott Reese Willey
Apr 12, 2009 | 1288 views | 11 11 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Texas. The staff of the Bee County office of the  Texas Family & Protective Services tied 213 blue balloons up to the outside of the Bee County Courthouse on Wednesday. The balloons represent the 213 children who died in Texas last year as a result of child abuse and neglect.
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It was a ghastly sight, one that sent shivers through investigators: a 2-year-old Beeville girl covered with cigarette burns and deep bite marks.

Caseworkers with the Department of Child Protective Services removed the youngster from the home and the stepmother was arrested, charged and imprisoned.

More than 400 cases of abuse and neglect were reported in Bee County last year, the CPS reported.

Of those, 287 children were identified as having been abused or neglected, 24 so badly they had to be removed from their homes.

“People need to know that the Bee County office receives a report of abuse and neglect every day,” said CPS program administrator Billie Winner. “Every single day the Bee County office is receiving a report that a child is being abused or neglected, either emotionally or physically.”

Winner, and her colleagues at CPS, joined Bee County leaders in spreading that message on Wednesday.

They tied 213 blue balloons, one for each child in Texas who died last year from abuse or neglect, to the outside of the Bee County Courthouse as part of the Go Blue Day campaign, which encourages folks to wear blue on April 8 to bring awareness to the plight of the smallest citizens.

No children from Bee County were among those who died last year because of abuse or neglect.

Bee County Judge David Silva said everyone in the community should work together to prevent child abuse and neglect.

At Wednesday’s Go Blue Day ceremony in front of the courthouse, he read a proclamation, signed by himself and all four county commissioners, recognizing the month of April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.

“Children are the future of our county and of our nation, so we need to take care of them,” Silva said, addressing the small but spirited crowd assembled outside the courthouse on Wednesday.

“Child abuse prevention is a community responsibility and finding solutions depends on involvement among all people. Everyone in the community should become more aware of child abuse prevention and consider helping parents raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment.”

Citing statistics, Silva said more than 200,000 children in Texas are reported as abused or neglected every year.

“(A total of) 287 abused and neglected children in Bee County is a lot for a county as small as Bee County,” said Lisa DelBosque, chairwoman of the Bee County Welfare Board.

The Bee County Child Welfare Board is charged with providing clothing, food and other items to abused and neglected children between the time they are taken from their homes to when they are placed in a safer environment, be it with relatives or foster parents.

Analisa Benoit, a an investigations program director for Child Protective Services, said the number of child abuse and neglect cases has risen dramatically over the past 20 years, as has the cost to fund the growing staff needed to investigate the cases.

The Bee County office has five caseworkers who investigate child abuse and neglect reports in Bee, Live Oak, McMullen and Refugio counties.

That abuse and neglect can range from harming children emotionally to broken bones and bruises, said John Lennan, a public information officer for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

“Abuse and neglect can be as simple as not feeding a child or not taking a child to the doctor for medical care, to not changing diapers for days or burning children with cigarettes,” he said.

Winner said some parents are charged with abusing and neglecting their children because they were too high on drugs to take care of their little ones.

“We’ve had parents take their children with them when they went to buy drugs,” she recalled.

Abuse and neglect can also be as simple as demeaning your child on a regular basis, Lennan added.

“I read a sign the other day that said the worst thing you can do about child abuse is to do nothing,” he said. “And that about sums it up, because everyone in the community can do something to prevent child abuse, even if it’s just donating blood. That blood goes to Driscoll Children’s Hospital and might be given to a child who has been abused and neglected.”

In one instance, CPS removed a child from a Bee County home last year because its diaper had not been changed in days and the diaper rash had turned into open sores, an investigator reported.
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lwinstead
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May 07, 2009
Who loves Obama, I do says Hellfire, I do says Saltpork, I do says Blackmon. Interesting, that Blackmon hasn't posted comments or blogs as Blackmon, guess he finally got a clue and starting using just his alias's'.
serenitynow
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May 06, 2009
Not sure what is going on here, but as for the pedophie issue, "disturbing" is an understatement. I'm in fear for the children ever more so than ever. When is society going to stand up for the children. These freaks are violating our most precious, our most vulnerable, our most innocent, OUR CHILDREN! They need to be stopped and I would have to agree that the death penalty is more than acceptable in fact it is completety justified!
dreamweaver
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May 06, 2009
Thank you for the information. I'm stunned! Pedophila is a growing problem. This is all very disturbing to say the least. I intend to do my part and contact my Senator, Representive, etc... and express my strong disapproval.
donschmidt
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May 06, 2009
Please help us get this information into the hands of as many people as possible by forwarding it to your entire e-mail list of family and friends.

Senate poised to give special protection status to pedophiles

Your calls are needed today!

May 5, 2009

Dear Judy, The U.S. Senate is set to give legally protected status to pedophiles and 30 other sexual orientations. The Senate refused to define what is meant by sexual orientation in S. 909, the " Hate Crimes " bill. This means that the 30 different sexual orientations will be federally protected classes.

To see the orientations that will be protected by the Hate Crimes bill (S. 909), http://www.afa.net/sexualorientationshr1913.asp

The House has already passed this bill, and the Senate will vote as early as Wednesday. Pres. Obama has said he would sign the bill. Take Action! • Call your two senators today and demand that he or she vote against S.909. Please forward this to all your family and friends. The Senate refused to define the term "sexual orientation," which means that all sexual orientations are protected . For the direct line to your senators office, http://capwiz.com/afanet/callalert/index.tt?alertid=13282571&type=CO

• Pastors, it is time to take a stand. Share this information with your members, and ask them to call.

Thank you for caring enough to get involved.

Don

Donald E. Wildmon,

Founder and Chairman

American Family Association
yeahrite
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May 05, 2009
Its a shame that only one month out of the year is devoted to child abuse prevention. This is a growing problem. The punishment for violators is usually somewhat non-existant, while the victims suffer for the rest of their lives.

I also thinks its interesting how those who constantly leave comments here have completely avoided this subject until ofcourse it suits their needs.

Child Abuse-is Sexual Abuse, Physical, Mental, Neglectful..etc. Our court system has a long history of slapping the offenders on the wrist and then sending them back out to abuse again.

Although, the convicted & registered Sex Offender list continues to grow it DOES NOT deter them it only makes them want to shut up their victims.

A pediphiles'sexual preference is a child, just as homosexuals sexual preference is someone of the same sex, there is no cure, no remedy, no couseling that will change that the only protection we can give the children is to execute child molesters! They do not belong in our society and most importantly we do not want them here! Well most descent people don't.
dreamweaver
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April 15, 2009
this is a touchy subject, and very hard to prove. especially with young children. and by the time it is reported the damage has been done. we should be "preventing" child abuse.

I was in the grocery store some years ago and there was a woman just screaming at her what appeared to be a 3 or 4 year girl and her Mother was scolding her telling her "How many times do I have to tell you!" I was standing behind them and to break the terrible uncomfrontable situation I jokingly said "You know I have tell my Husband things over and over again, but I love him and repeat myself ever how many times it takes. My dear Husband passed last year. I remember him smiling widely that day, the woman laughed, while my Husband nodded and winked. She hugged her little girl and they both went off holding hands.
donschmidt
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April 15, 2009
Why aren't people willing to get up on their soapboxes ie blogs about this devastating crime against children.

It is interesting how very few people do or say anything regarding child abuse. Much less are willing to protect them from it.

I'm a retired School Administrator and saw a great deal of all forms of child abuse. I see these blogs and everyone bashing one another and I see how child abuse has become so prevalent. With this kind of mentality no wonder children are dying everyday at the hands of abusers.

donschmidt
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April 14, 2009
Personally, I think there should be much more awareness to the problem of child abuse. One child dying at the hands of an abusive adult is one too many.

As for sexual abuse I do not think their is a cure for people who sexually abuse children I agree with execution, we won't miss one less child molester.
ChildAbuseSurvivor
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April 13, 2009
I am a child abuse advocate, I'm still appalled at the abuse children endure everyday, sexual, neglect, physical, mental, its all abuse and its happening right now and now and now etc....

Child Abuse Casts A Shadow The Length Of A Life Time...Quote By: Herbert Ward

wishuwerehere
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April 13, 2009
Anyone that intentionally hurts or is cruel to a child is heartless.

I am a Child Abuse Survivor, I reported it when I became an Adult....nothing was ever done....



Believe the children always believe the children.

Stop Child Abuse-Report It!

Save The Children, Execute Child Molesters
noneofurbusiness
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April 13, 2009
i know this chick who did this..she is lk 20 or 21 had 3 kids and her boyfriend cheated on her and got this other woman pregnant. that other woman didnt want the baby so she gave it to that guy and his girlfriend. i guess the girlfriend always hated that lil girl bcuz her boyfriend cheated on her and she was the result of that. i heard she was a beautiful lil girl and that she was always saying ''pa pa'' like she was always hungry. that the girlfriend would feed her kids but not this one.. and ppl would talk to tha child and tha girlfriend and her brother were always lk ''leave her alone'' i thought this was terrible and im glad that chick went to jail bcuz its not tha kids fault.