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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Child Abuse in NZ

Muriel Newman, of Act, has discovered that the number of children at risk from child abuse has been going up.

The result is that the situation has continued to get worse with a 45% increase (a record 13,017 cases) in established child abuse cases identified by the Department of Child, Youth and Family last year.

And what do the Greens want to do about it?

The Greens will...Repeal Section 59 of the Crimes Act, which currently provides child abusers with a defence of "reasonable force"

Note that they would much prefer to remove the whole act than to simply define what "reasonable" is. The law will clearly punish unreasonable or excessive force, and that is what s59 helps with. They then go on to ...

Defend the right of solo parents to remain on the DPB while children are growing up.

But wait, haven't the number of child abuse cases been going up? Says Muriel :

Statistics tell us that child abuse is largely a Maori problem and we don’t have to look far to find out why: by the year 2010, if present trends continue, four out of five Maori babies will be born into families without a father and one out of two Maori children will live in homes that depend on welfare.

Looks to me that the Greens want to defend the "right" of mostly Maori children to grow up without fathers.

I have to end with my version of The Delinquents:

Once upon a time in a land far away, rhinos were being beaten to death by some unknown assailant. At first the park rangers thought that a group of humans were doing this. Yet the rhino's tusks were untouched, so that theory did't quite make sense. The rangers prowled around, lying in wait, trying to find out who these hoodlums were, but to no avail.

At long last after many frustrating months they came upon the culprits! It was a herd of juvenile elephants! These elephants had been moved from other parts of this far away land as much younger orphans to this place. They would gang up on a lone rhino and maul it to death. What were the rangers to do? There was only one thing the rangers could do to restore order, kill the juvenilles who were causing the problem.

The rangers were not happy. They realised that the young elephants must have gone bad because they had grown up without role models. Unfortunately for elephants gone bad there was no other choice except elephantcide.

Nearby, in a private park, the owner had watched these events with interest. He had younger elephants without parents, who were also showing signs of aggressive behaviour towards the rhinos. When the leader of his pack finally got strong enough to climb on top of a rhino, he decided he had to do something. He shipped in some much older bull elephants, hoping that the bulls would teach the young ones how to behave.

It worked! The bulls soon brought the young ones into line. Turned out the younger ones who were the most aggressive suffered from an excess of testosterone. Regular sparring with the older elephants was the antidote. And therein lies the moral of the story: Children need their dads.

Now if the Greens were in charge of the wildlife park, what's the bet they would punish the rangers? And demand more orphans be brought there as well? And make sure that when the orphans grew up that the young were separated from their Dads so that the cycle of violence could be broken. Yeah, we really need a Green solution to this problem, let's be like Sweden. Since Sweden introduced anti-smacking laws, child abuse rates went up by 489%!

Posted by Lucia Maria | 6/29/2005 05:10:00 PM

7 Comments:

Blogger noizy said...

...child abuse rates went up by 489%!.

As Wittrock (1995) and Larzelere (1999) suggested, this could reflect a change in reporting mechanisms, an actual increase, or other factors.

Got the equivalent figures for NZ handy? Reckon NZ figures have gone up, or down since 1977?

6/29/2005 05:25:00 PM  
Blogger reid said...

Nice story Lucyna. Too bad the Greens won't hear it or understand it. (You should have turned it into the only language they choose to hear.. lalalala lalala lalalalala, etc.)

6/29/2005 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

It could, James. My theory is that because the parents in Sweden aren't allowed to discipline their children, the children are more wild than normal. So when the parents finally crack, they crack big time.

6/29/2005 05:40:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

LOL, Reid!

6/29/2005 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

If any Green could name one thing that their loony policies have made better, I'll eat this keyboard between two slices of GE-free wholemeal bread.
Idiots. It's a religion, not a philosophy, being Green.

6/29/2005 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

OK James, lets revise those figures down. Perhaps chop them in half. And round down. Using Swedish rounding.

Gee, that's a slightly above zero figure of 240%.

If we were in Sweden, I'd clip you around the ear for sassing Lucyna like that - the state be damned.

Elephants have long memories lad. Tigers don't need em. They don't leave witnesses. You remember that the next time you try to ruin a perfectly good theory with counter-stats!

And in the unlikely event the NZ stats have dipped, let me be the first to assure you that you'[ve supplied the reason - maybe its the reporting mechanisms to blame.

I'd tell you to grow up, but I'm really just joshing ya :^)

6/29/2005 05:47:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

BTW: Reid, that lalalala line has been the funniest thing I've read this week. It's funny reading it out loud.

Frog blog will never be the same again.

6/29/2005 05:49:00 PM  

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