Skip the ‘we’ white man

There is no ‘we in child abuse.  There are only really, really awful parents and caregivers.

So stop blaming the rest of us, when it’s the abusers that the media, police and do-gooders who keep banging on about collective responsibility, should be pointing the finger at.

But please, feel free to blame our generous welfare system that allows young people incapable of looking after themselves to become parents. Teenage parents become abusers in the making, along with their overloaded and under-resourced families who feel obliged to step in.

This week’s sentencing of Auckland man Avi Prasad, who was jailed for five years and eight months for the abuse of a young boy, pushes child abuse into the realm of sadistic torture.  Quote.

“Det Insp Higson said it’s disappointing that we keep having such horrific cases of child abuse.

“New Zealand punches above its weight in a lot things: in sport, in politics – we were the first country in the world to give women the vote,” he said.

[There are] a lot of things New Zealand is outstanding at. We are also outstanding at hurting our children.” End of quote.

Skip the ‘we’ white man!  Me and mine don’t abuse our children and we resent being lumped in with the scum that does.

This collective responsibility for child abuse that has been thrust upon us has not reduced child abuse statistics and how could it?  As long as we keep shifting responsibility from the real abusers, nothing will change.


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