A strong and disturbing link between severe child abuse and non-traditional family environments

Back in November 2007, Ed Katz responded to an AP report that concludes that “there is a strong and disturbing link between severe child abuse and non-traditional family environments.”

  • Children living in homes with unrelated adults (these children are “50 times more likely to die inflicted injuries as children living with biological parents”); and
  • Single parent homes or children living with stepfamiles (these children “have a higher risk of physical or sexual assault than children living with two biological or adoptive parents”).

Lastly, the studies found that “girls whose parents divorce are at a significantly higher risk of sexual assault, whether they live with their mother or their father.”

The studies seem to show that even children in adoptive environments seem to be ok with two parents. The report goes on to tell in painful detail however the brief life stories of little toddlers who were beaten, drowned, thrown across rooms, and buried under cement – all victims of what Plato called “democracy’s insatiable desire for what it defines as the good”: freedom. In this case, it is our freedom to choose “alternative” family environments and be “affirmed” every step of the way.

Yet more evidence that a functioning marriage is the best environment in which to raise children, which is the obvious purpose of marriage, which is the obvious reason why marriage should take the traditional form, maximized for reproducing the species.

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6 responses to “A strong and disturbing link between severe child abuse and non-traditional family environments

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  2. The key phrase in this blog is :
    “a functioning marriage”. So many don’t.Those are absolutely the most vulnerable situations. By non-functioning- I mean where the “husband” is seriously violent. In word and deed.

  3. I think that a marriage where the husband or wife is missing, no matter whose fault it is, is just as bad as a marriage with a violent or abusive parent, whether it’s the man or woman who is violent.

    But the key is that birth parents and adoptive parents both are better than any other alternative. I will not agree to leap to the conclusion that fathers are to blame for all serious abuse.

  4. I will second that for you, Wolf. And I’m a woman! 😉

    Happy Easter!

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