No Excuse for Abuse
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bringthebones:

If you ever take a Psychology class or get into a conversation about feral children, Genie’s name will probably come up. For 13 years she was locked inside a room and strapped to her potty chair, other times she was bound in a sleeping bag and put inside a crib. Her father, the one behind the abuse, would hit her with a stick if she ever spoke and he would bark and growl at her to keep her quiet. He also forbade his other children and even his wife from speaking. Because of this, Genie had a very small vocabulary, consisting of about 20 words. The phrases she did know included “stop it” and “no more.” She was discovered in 1970 and today she is considered to be one of the worst cases of social isolation known. She was often thought to be autistic until doctors found out she was really 13 and was a victim of abuse.She was taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she was treated for years. After some treatment, she was able to answer questions in one-word answers and she learned how to dress herself. However, she still held onto her learned behavior, including a “bunny walk” where she held her hands up in front of her as if they were paws. She also scratched and even clawed at things. Though she was moved around a lot, she found home with her therapist David Rigler for 4 years, who worked with her daily. He and his family taught Genie sign language as well as ways to express herself without speaking; drawing was a method. Genie then went to live with her mother, and then abusive foster parents, which then caused her to become mute again and afraid to speak. Today she is living somewhere in Southern California.

bringthebones:

If you ever take a Psychology class or get into a conversation about feral children, Genie’s name will probably come up. For 13 years she was locked inside a room and strapped to her potty chair, other times she was bound in a sleeping bag and put inside a crib. Her father, the one behind the abuse, would hit her with a stick if she ever spoke and he would bark and growl at her to keep her quiet. He also forbade his other children and even his wife from speaking. Because of this, Genie had a very small vocabulary, consisting of about 20 words. The phrases she did know included “stop it” and “no more.” She was discovered in 1970 and today she is considered to be one of the worst cases of social isolation known. She was often thought to be autistic until doctors found out she was really 13 and was a victim of abuse.

She was taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she was treated for years. After some treatment, she was able to answer questions in one-word answers and she learned how to dress herself. However, she still held onto her learned behavior, including a “bunny walk” where she held her hands up in front of her as if they were paws. She also scratched and even clawed at things. Though she was moved around a lot, she found home with her therapist David Rigler for 4 years, who worked with her daily. He and his family taught Genie sign language as well as ways to express herself without speaking; drawing was a method. Genie then went to live with her mother, and then abusive foster parents, which then caused her to become mute again and afraid to speak. Today she is living somewhere in Southern California.

Stop Child Abuse - Arrêtte la maltraitance des enfants

What is child abuse?  

C’est quoi la maltraitance des enfants?

What does it look like?                                      

Comment est - ce que ça ressemble?

Where to report it?                                          

  Ou le signaler?

   All this and more will be answered below - Tous ça et plus cera répondu ci-dessous.

Child abuse has a very general meaning, it is defined as “mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian”.

 La maltraitance des enfants a un sens très général, il est défini comme “mauvaise 

 traitement d’un enfant par un parent ou gardien”.

Tears on your Face
How could anyone ever tell you 

or possibly ever begin to explain 
that there could be no logical reason 
for the time you spend in so much pain

Some times when your mom and dad 
are upset or don’t know what to do 
they look for a place to let off steam 
and they find it when they look at you

They strike before they stop to think 
of the kind of damage that will be done 
when they raise their voices or a hand 
to their precious daughter or their son

With hands that hurt and words that sting 
over and over the abuse will take place 
while you silently wonder how it can be  
 they look right past the tears on your face 

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