Preventing Violence Against Children

1562 WordsJul 10, 20187 Pages
The nonfiction book Protecting Children from Violence: Evidence- Based Interventions, by Jim Lampinen and Kathy Sexton- Radek, contains staggering past and current research findings on the issue of atrocities against children. Jim Lampinen holds a PhD in cognitive psychology. Kathy Sexton- Radek is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois. This writer chose the title as part of a psychology class writing assignment. After reading the contents of the book, this student could not help but ask the question… When is “enough” enough? The story opens at a school in which one of the authors gave a presentation on the question of missing children. Upon closing, a parent approached the speaker expressing deep concern over the…show more content…
De Mause (1998) estimates “that one-third of all infants born during the medieval age were victims of infanticide” (de Mause, 1998). Such rituals included murder of children in order to sell their clothing articles for a few belts of hard liquor. Infanticide is still alive and well, carried throughout the history of the world to present (de Mause, 1998). Older children also became victims of cruel and abusive treatment at the hands of adults. According to Shelman and Lazoritz (2005), the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children first established in 1875, due to the efforts of a missionary woman and the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). In 1873, a missionary named “Mrs. Etta Wheeler” discovered a nine-year-old female bound to a bed in an apartment dwelling in New York City. The little girl suffered from malnutrition and severe thrashing about her body. Upon finding a leather whip in the dwelling, Mrs. Wheeler alarmed local authorities of the abuse, but to no avail. It seems there were no laws protecting children against abuse. Mrs. Wheeler then petitioned the aid of the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). “She argued that children deserved at least the same protection that animals received” (Lampinen & Sexton- Radek, p. 4). The ASPCA ultimately intervened and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was born. Lampinen and Sexton- Radek (2010) found that pedophilia was a suitable
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