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A 2-year-old boy was found with 50 needles inside his tiny body, apparently inserted with deliberate intention to cause pain, by the boy’s ex-step-father who reportedly confessed to inserting them one by one with the help of two women. I think of a tiny adorable 2-year-old and wonder how anyone could possibly want to hurt him, yet some people are drawn by their subconscious mind to impose on innocents the pain that their parents imposed on them. Illogical yet it has gone on throughout history – the senseless torture of innocents.

Brazil Toddler Stable After Needles Removed, San Francisco Chronicle, by Bradley Brooks, December 19, 2009.

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Researchers have found that the incidence of child maltreatment, including abuse or neglect, is higher in migraine patients. They’ve also found that migraine sufferers reporting childhood abuse have higher occurrence of comorbid pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), interstitial cystitis (IC), and arthritis. See details in this Science Daily article:

Abuse in Childhood Linked to Migraine and Other Pain Disorders, Science Daily, January 6, 2010.

Mother-Son Incest: Hidden in Shame and Rising, ABC News, Susan Donaldson James, Dec. 1, 2009.

This boy was sexually abused and beaten by his mother from the age of four.

Here is some information about “paddling”, in schools, the traditional practice of punishing children for “infractions” by smacking them publicly on bare buttocks with a wooden implement until there are bruises. Some traditional educators and parents are quite attached to this practice and fight to keep it alive. Old habits really die hard. Consider this perspective about the development of sexual deviancy: Sowing the Seeds of Sadomasochism, By Jordan Riak, November 9, 2009.

Paddling

More proof of the deleterious effects of child abuse. A study out of Canada found a link between childhood physical abuse and heightened rates of osteoarthritis. See report of study in Science Daily, Nov. 3, 2009, Childhood Physical Abuse Linked to Osteoarthritis Study Finds.

Sadly, these things happen every day and have throughout human history: 

The Emma Case, More than 80 Bruises on Girl, Houston Chronicle, Aug. 11, 2009.

Protective Services. The Houston Chronicle, Aug. 15, 2009.

Emma

Here is a story of child abuse out of Salem, Oregon.

Two parents have been arrested and accused of multiple counts of child abuse against their children, ages 15, 14, 13, 11, 10, and 9, including 6 counts of second-degree Assault, 6 counts of first-degree Criminal Mistreatment, 6 counts of Unlawful use of a Weapon and 6 counts of Coercion.

The children were taken into protective custody, as was the parents’ six-day-old infant, after the three older children called 911 to report abuse.  Sheriff’s deputies found significant evidence of abuse on the children.

Salem, Oregon, Parents Accused of Child Abuse, 7-22-09

What is most striking to me about this online newpaper article are the comments posted by readers of the article. Read them at this link: Two Adults Arrested in Salem on Multiple Counts of Child Abuse, Salem-News.com, July 22, 2009.

Apparently, nearly everyone who read the story was certain that the children were lying, that they were evil, and that they cruelly reported their parents just to avoid the spankings they deserve. Instead of sympathizing with the children or even hoping the parents could get some proper counseling, these multiple readers sympathized with the parents. Many of them cited bible verses indicating that children need to be disciplined with violence.

This is a very common classic method of childrearing. Children are to blame, children are to be hurt because they are to blame, and children need to keep quiet about it to protect the parents’ reputation.

Here are bible verses quoted by a reader commenting on an article on this situation in another online paper (Salem Parents are Accused of Child Abuse, OregonLive.com, July 22, 2009):

Proverbs 13:24 He who spares his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

Proverbs 19:18 Chasten your son while there is hope,
And do not set your heart on his destruction.

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of correction will drive it far from him.

Proverbs 23:13 Do not withhold correction from a child,
For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.

Proverbs 23:14 You shall beat him with a rod,
And deliver his soul from hell.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom,
But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother

Despite all this, I am not singling out Christianity as the only religion that traditionally supports child abuse or mistreatment. In fact, I don’t know of a single culture that has been immune from child mistreatment through history.

Here’s one for those who think that children forget what happens to them by the time they grow up. Globe Life writes about a study out of the University of Toronto that found that victims of childhood physical abuse are 49% more likely to develop cancer as adults.

“Child Abuse Victims More Likely to Develop Cancer”, Globe Life.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of the research that’s out there today on the subject. There are several doctors writing and researching today on the subject of physical illness developing out of childhood trauma. According to many, a possible explanation for the increased susceptibility is changes in brain chemistry caused by chronic stress.

Here’s an unbelievable one from the state of Georgia – a father severely abusing his own 2 month old daughter from birth! Even more unbelievable is that these things happen every day. “Good News for 2-Month Old Child Abuse Victim,” From 11Alive.com.

It’s really not clear to me where the good news is, however. It seems from the latest studies I’ve seen that after this kind of abuse by a child’s own parents, the child’s mind is forever predisposed to pain, violence, and disorder, absent some very successful intensive long-term therapy.