Monday, April 1, 2013

Is Poverty Abuse??

Have read many articles on why Poverty, in itself, should not be considered abuse. So being a curious sort, thought I would do a word search on “poverty” in the State Statute summary, Child Abuse & Neglect,  Definitions. (See other State Statute Summaries)
However, I only found 2 states, within these summaries, that even mention poverty… ie Washington and Wisconsin.

So all of you who have made the statement:
“Poverty should NOT be considered abuse”
I challenge you to do something about it in your state!!
  • Are you a Parent or do you know of a Parent that has been allegedly accused of Neglect, based on Poverty?? Take the Parent Survey NOW.>>> Go to the State's Survey Home Page.

As a guide, use the sentences below to get these thoughts in your state statutes, if you truly believe.


“…Poverty, homelessness, or exposure to domestic violence that is perpetrated against someone other than the child does not constitute negligent treatment or maltreatment in and of itself….”


“…‘Neglect’ means failure, refusal, or inability on the part of a caregiver, for reasons other than poverty, to provide necessary care, food, clothing, medical or dental care, or shelter so as to seriously endanger the physical health of the child…”

“..The term ‘abuse’ includes emotional damage for which the childs parent, guardian, or legal custodian has neglected, refused, or been unable for reasons other than poverty to obtain the necessary treatment or to take steps to ameliorate the symptoms…”

“..It is not considered neglect when the failure to provide a child with necessary care, food, clothing, shelter, medical, or dental care is due to poverty…”

Poverty: Moral Dilemma - Why You Might NOT Save A Child From Drowning |
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Published on Aug 13, 2015
Would you lose $500 to save a drowning child? We explore a thought experiment that just may save someone's life. Learn more: Imagine you're walking to work in the morning down a quiet rural road to the side of the road there's a pond and pass by every day. Only today, something is different. Today you see a small child in that pond.

He is alone, he’s flailing his arms, and if you don't act quickly it looks like he is going to drown. Luckily, the pond is shallow. You can wade in, grab the child, and bring him to safety without putting yourself in any danger at all.

Unluckily, you're wearing a very expensive set of clothes, and there just isn't enough time to take them off. So even though saving the child is perfectly safe, it is going to cost you at least $500 to replace your suit and shoes. There’s no one else around, so the decision is yours alone to make. Do you wade in, save the child, and ruin your expensive clothes? Or do you decide that $500 just too high a price to pay for the life of someone you don't even know and walk on by.

If you’re like most people the answer is obvious. Of course you save the child. Anyone that would would let us small child die just to keep their nice clothes from getting wet would be a moral monster. As peter singer, the philosopher who originated this drowning child thought experiment argued, if you had the power to prevent something really bad from happening to someone else just by suffering something merely slightly bad yourself, then “taking the hit” is the right thing to do.

Now of course most of us will never come across a drowning child on her way to work but all of us do find ourselves living in a world where over six million children die each year from preventable causes. And while none of us have the power to help all of those children, almost all of us have the power to help some of them. By donating a small amount of money much less than $500 to an effective charity through a site like (http://Www.Givewell.Org/) you could literally save someone's life. But that brings up another question.

How do we make sure aid efforts do the most good and the least harm? In my next few videos i’ll be exploring different approaches to solving the problem of poverty. Watch more:


Consider the FACT that it is now accepted that the Rich are getting Richer & the Poor are getting Poorer... 

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