The Politics of Child Abuse in America (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Family & Relationships - 194 pages
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Child abuse policy in the United States contains dangerous contradictions. A rapidly expanding child abuse industry, consisting of enterprising psychotherapists and attorneys, consumes enormous resources. At the same time, thousands of poor children are seriously injured or killed, many while being "protected" by public agencies. The growing interest in child abuse as a middle class problem has led to the frenzied pursuit of offenders, resulting in the sacrifice of innocent children and adults. The Politics of Child Abuse in America presents a compelling analysis of these problems, revealing the historical patterns that gave rise to them and presenting practical policy recommendations. It will be an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and professionals in social work, as well as for anyone concerned about the welfare of children in the United States.
  

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Point Loma Naval Base, wouldn't it ?? You knew that I was in a foreign country and that I knew nothing of his " other life ". Your selfish self-protection and drug habit was worth more to you than a little girl's life, I hope you rot in hell. Your words of sorrow to me that you didn't tell me what you had observed, are just like you, meaningless and hollow. I don't even like to mention his name ( the thing that murdered my Christa ) as I am disgusted, angry and very much in pain from what he did to my daughter and always will be and the rest of her family is as well, and time has not healed the wounds, nor will it ever. But I hope that Larry Gene James rots in jail and is never released. He should not ever get to see his former home in Duncan, Oklahoma again. And Inez James, you should also hang your head in shame, along with your daughter, Jan James ( who alleged that she would have my head " blown away like a watermelon with a shotgun " if I didn't assist you in getting bail for him ), money does not buy silence for a child's life and justice for a life so cruelly taken by a thing, he is not even fit to be called a man, and Inez, you took advantage of your husband, Jesse, ( now deceased ) when he was obviously suffering from dementia and had no idea he was in the potential situation of signing away money and property to the bail bondsman ( now deceased as well ) in Union Street, your husband had no idea that his son was even charged with murder, even the bail bondsman knew that. You have no conscience. And you made me accompany you at supposed gunpoint ( you insinuated that you had a gun on me ) to the bondsman and threatened me with also being killed if I did not co-operate in his bail application. You then forced me under the threat, again of death, to accompany you to a motel and stay with you until you returned to Duncan, Oklahoma and that you had " friends " in San Diego that would kill me if I did say anything to the police in regards to your threats. You also had your youngest son, Kenneth, accompany you and he also threatened me in your presence and under your direction and instructions. Only one of your sons assisted me, and to him, I am eternally grateful for his support and help, as he also believed that Larry ( his brother ) had murdered my daughter and would not stand by and see Christa's murder go unpunished. You threw money at me on the corner of Union Street and ( I think ) C Street ( it was the intersection of the San Diego County Jail and Union Street ) and told me " to get the baby a headstone " and that I had to mention his name ( Larry ) on it as the father of Christa, I refused and left your money on the ground. You are just as evil as he is. I hope that you also have passed on and are paying for your evil ways. My daughter had no chance to live her life to her fullest, she was an innocent, trusting child, her life was taken from her by him, so he should not have a chance at ever having some semblance of life in the norm ... he has forfeited that right for now and eternity. And call me bitter, vindictive, whatever ... but anyone who has gone through this hell of having their child murdered will understand how I and the rest of Christa's family feel. He can have such a privileged and protected life in jail with conjugal visits and the all the things that come with it, his " girlfriend " ( he evidently was still seeing her before, during and after our marriage was dissolved and visiting him in jail ) has a lot to answer for as well, so Hazel ( or Margot as you like to call yourself ... as you said it sounds " exotic " ) enjoy your sick and twisted life. She and her sister went into the Anderson Ragsdale Funeral Home in San Diego, attended her viewing ( despite my instructions that they were not allowed to do so and used false names to gain entry but were callous enough to sign her Memorial book ) and re-organised the booklet of Christa's funeral, to our distress and disbelief. And filled it full of 

Contents

The Cultural Landscape of Child Abuse
13
The Emergence
46
The Decline and Rediscovery of Child Abuse
82
From the Battered Child Syndrome to
107
The Breakdown of the Child Abuse System
135
Conclusion
184
Index
190
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