Does child protection protect children?

This is a reblog of a great post from Debs at ChaosinKent. Debs is one of my personal heroines. She has three kids with special needs and is just an excellent human being. Do click through to read the whole thing.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
 There was a recent report in The Lancet stating that 1 in 4 disabled children are the victims of abuse.  This report was based on 20 years of data from 17 studies (from 1990 to 2010) and involving more than 18000 children.
The authors of the report sadly added that the sitution is possibly even worse than their data shows.
“The results of this review prove that children with disabilities are disproportionately vulnerable to violence, and their needs have been neglected for far too long,” said Etienne Krug, director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability.
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  1. theelectriccane

     /  August 17, 2012

    There are too precious girls living not far from me who have severe learning disabilities. In Vietnam, anyone with autism, severe mental disabilities or psychological problems is refferred to as crazy. I won’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve invited the girls to have coffee with me so I can protect them from their ignorant neighbours. I won’t stand and watch as two innocent girls get treated badly. It breaks my heart sometimes to see how nasty people can be.

    Of course people try to bully me because I am tiny and have a visual impairment. Let’s just say that looks can be very deceiving…..

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