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Friday, October 18, 2013

What About the Children?

In light of some recent events, there is an area that is not focused on. Recently, Adrian Peterson, a Vikings NFL player tragically lost his son to violence. The mother's boyfriend beat the two year old to death. Prior to this incident, the mother reported domestic violence over a period of time... years. 

It is common to find that when communities are being educated on significant issues recognized nationally in October that normally adults are targeted. It is important for adults to be targeted as breast cancer and domestic violence directly effects them. Who else does this directly effect?

Children see what we do, how we live and how we react. They grow up to emulate the adults they spent so long observing. 

It is important that if a mother or an uncle has breast cancer that the children understand what is getting ready to take place. They need to know in advance about frequent hospital visits, hair loss and body changes. It is important for children to understand that what they may see occurring in their household--they don't have to repeat it in their own adults lives. They don't have to hit or hurt the people they love, they don't have to say words that hurt or cause others around them to cry. 

Let's focus on domestic violence for a moment. Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually. Studies also show that many children that witness domestic violence grow up to be abusers themselves. Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents ( Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.

Our youth experience so many emotions based on what they see in their home.They need to prepared for what lies ahead in their lives. We cannot ignore them.

Do you think that if Peterson's son was educated on what to do in a violent situation that he could have escaped his death? Why or why not?

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