The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, December 14, 2007

80 percent increase in child abuse related deaths

A recent study shows an 80% increase in child murders which resulted from abuse.

The number of child deaths in Florida reportedly increased 80 percent from 2005 to 2006, according to a draft of a report expected to be sent to Governor Charlie Crist and other legislators at the end of the month.

The Florida Child Abuse Death Review report indicates that 171 died last year in the state as a result of child abuse and neglect, up from 95 child abuse deaths reported in 2005.

According to the findings, more than half of the children who died as a result of abuse or neglect had prior involvement with the Department of Children and Families, and that children living in households with unrelated adults are 50 times more likely to die of inflicted injuries.

I don't understand how any child can be beaten to death by someone responsible for their care... someone who's main priority in life should be protecting and loving that child. And I have just as much if not more difficulty understanding how a child who had a glimpse of hope tossed at them in the form of the ' Department of Children and Families' could still end up dead because of abuse. It makes no sense that those who naturally should protect these children are not, and those whose entire JOB is to help ensure these children are safe fail.

And, don't even get me started on the sad fact that rather than a decrease in these cases... we have an 80% increase. We are failing these children, and honestly I'm damn tired of it. It's time that we actually start putting children first, rather than just telling people we are going to do it.