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child-abuse…shame on you! I was driving down Jefferson in Carlsbad (CA), enjoying the blustery, gorgeous day with my poochie sticking his nose out the window, when I drive past a man playing catch with his child on the small grassy area in front of their apartment complex (between Las Flores and Laguna…Park Place Apartments?). No sooner than it takes for me to think what a Norman Rockwell type moment it was, than the man hits the child in the head, the child’s hat flies off, the child grabs his (or her) jaw and hits the ground, and the man looks up and down the street quickly. It took a moment for me to register what had just happened, with instant disgust overcoming me and complete concern for that child–and immediate anger at that man. Unfortunately I was in the middle of traffic, but at the next corner I turned my car around as fast as I could to head back (was only a matter of a few hundred feet) and they were gone.

I honestly don’t know what I would have done if they’d been there (although I do know damn well I would have shielded the child from the man and called 911), and I hope against hope that I wouldn’t have gone with my initial, futile instinct and hauled off and smacked the guy (I’m actually a pacifist), but I guess I’ll never know. I’m incredibly bothered by this whole event and cannot get that poor child out of my head. My guess is that it’s not the first time this has happened, and who knows what else took place once the man shuffled the child away.

I hope that someone else saw what happened, knows who the man is, and follows through on helping that young innocent soul. For that child to grow up always wondering when the next hit might come, who might see it, and the aftereffects of it all, mentally and physically, as well as thinking that this is what adults do to children….well, it just breaks my heart. The chances of that man ever reading this post are slim to none, but if he does, or if someone else who has done the same thing is reading this, then PLEASE stop and think about the repercussions of your actions and seek some type of help. Perhaps you were abused as a child, and this horrific cycle is just continuing with your actions. Please be the one to put an end to it. Please.

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