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Posted 5/4/15
Grim topic I know.

My babysitter used to watch all kinds of kids, of different ages, and she was the type of person who hated all kids except her own. I don't mean that as a joke, or a 'half-truth'. It was true. She hated all kids except her own. Her husband was the same way, but she was somehow worse.

Out of all these kids she watched, she only had one baby to take care of. She wouldn't pick the baby up like you normally would. Instead she would latch onto his arm, and roll him around. If she needed to carry him to, and from his crib, she would pick him up by his arm, and carry him over there. I saw this for the first time while watching television, and right away I could tell something was wrong. I mean I've never seen anyone carry a baby around by it's arm before, but the baby didn't scream or cry. So I had no idea if it was really child abuse or not. I always figured child abuse would have to hurt somehow, and sense babies are really sensitive, and he wasn't screaming or crying, I just couldn't be sure.

So when the mother showed up, I made sure I was outside, and I asked her if it hurt a baby to do this. She said yes. Needless to say that was the last time my babysitter ever watched that baby.

So what about anyone else? Ever witness child abuse? Did you do something about it?
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I've seen both physical and verbal abuse but I couldn't do anything about it. My mother says we shouldn't get involved with other people's parenting. I think it's wrong and have been tempted to call the cops several times but that would ruin friendships and stuff.
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Have I witness child abuse? I'm not sure... it seems like every little thing could be child abuse. Even to some people a slap on the butt is child abuse. I come from a culture where its okay to openly hit your child when they won't behave.. and no I don't mean beat them senselessly. Yes there are parents who can take the punishment too far and its definitely not right. Its especially cruel to harm a child for no apparent reason. I've experienced child abuse from my mom and it wasn't cause I was misbehaving but because she had a problem with drinking. I experienced verbal and physical abuse for years, beatings and name calling. I remember when some man came to our home asking me and my brother how was living at home. My mom told us to lie to the man and say everything was fine. There was my chance to tell everything but.. I ended up lying for my mom. At the time I didn't want to be separated no matter how much she hurt me. Its weird but I still love my mom.
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Not quite child abuse but similar: elderly abuse. I saw a woman wheeling an old man around while shouting vulgarities at him. She would fly off the handle whenever he tried to talk. It was very disconcerting and I had no idea what to do. I told the lady to calm down and that she would scare the old man but that's all I managed in the moment. She wheeled him away angrily. I can't believe she is his caretaker... For children you can call CPS but I have no idea who to call in this situation.
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Yeah, I have.
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Well, I consider myself to have gone through some pretty mild child abuse... Mom was an alcoholic, would often drive around drunk with me and my sister (young children at the time) in the middle of the night over very large distances, often speeding and driving recklessly. She would say some pretty horrid things, calling us worthless children and all that... Just all sorts of scary and hard things to deal with as a child.

A while back, my family allowed another to stay with us for a few days because they were having some problems with their housing situation. They had two kids: an elementary school girl and a boy just shy of starting school. There was what I consider some neglect going on: the kids didn't seem to have much clothes, and what they had seemed old and dirty: the parents were satisfied to leave the kids in my care (not that I minded - I loved those kids) while they essentially goofed off: the parents didn't have the most... savory past, either. All in all, though, the kids seemed to be happy enough with their parents, and I felt that interfering would just bring unnecessary and unwanted stress and pain into their lives.

I still think about them from time to time, worry, and miss them.
Posted 5/5/15 , edited 5/5/15
in public... the parents would b****slap the kids... -_-;; idk. it's something i don't want to think about. 1 or 2 might be unaffected, but study trends suggest these kids are most likely to go on being abusers themselves... and the cycle never stops. this world is a cycle of repetition, violence etc that it can't get itself out of.

arguing with one another in front of the kids, imo, is also a form of child abuse. you're exposing the child to swear words, anger, hatred etc. it's psychologically damaging.

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I've witnessed and endured abuse and neglect as a child/teen.
And I don't mean a slap on the butt for doing something I wasn't supposed to.

If I ever happen to witness it again in life, I most certainly will not sit back and allow it.
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Yes.
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Yes.
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I've seen domestic violence, in the streets too many times.
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S4869hu wrote:

Not quite child abuse but similar: elderly abuse. I saw a woman wheeling an old man around while shouting vulgarities at him. She would fly off the handle whenever he tried to talk. It was very disconcerting and I had no idea what to do. I told the lady to calm down and that she would scare the old man but that's all I managed in the moment. She wheeled him away angrily. I can't believe she is his caretaker... For children you can call CPS but I have no idea who to call in this situation.


For elder abuse you call Adult Protective e Services
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Posted 5/5/15
I've witnessed things that I THINK are child abuse, but having no kids of my own, who am I to judge?

I remember my mum beating the shit out of me with a water hose after she caught me looking up my friends skirt. Was that child abuse? I don't think so, others would though.
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Actual child abuse,yes. I've a parent who used to use my services and her kids would get really slapped and hit. Not actual discipline speaking but heavy hits to the pace,pinching that left bruising. Half the town was calling the police on her. But when it comes down to it out friends on the CPS agents and we only have one in this area and she pretty much ignores any case that isn't easy open and close. So those kids are pretty much sucked between everyone's house because their mom just doesn't care where they are.
Posted 5/5/15
I have not witnessed it but I have been told that what I went through going up was abuse by some people. I don't really know though. I only think of it as how I grew up and learned things.
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