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Comment from; Roger Elderidge
If government wants to protect children, as it claims, then the statistics (provided in the article below) must be acted on and the politically driven anti-male policies that are preventing fathers from protecting their children must be urgently reviewed.
The really terrible disclosure that one has to read between the lines of the statistics recorded by the Western Australian authorities is that they do not distinguish between children born within the Family founded on Marriage and those not. By comparing these figures with those before marital status was air-brushed out would suggest that it is not mothers per se who present a risk to children but unmarried mothers, mothers who are supported by the government and not a Husband, who are responsible for almost all abuse.
The same applies but even more so to the category of Husbands. If there is no reported legal connection between a man and a child it is claimed he abused, ie the man is not identified as being the Husband in the Marriage there is no legal basis for these statistics claiming he is the child’s father. The only legally definitive process of paternity is by Marriage. Even DNA can not conclusively show he is the father, only that he isn’t. Sources of statistics from elsewhere show very clearly that the “father” reported in these cases is invariably the mother’s boyfriend or a different man she has married.
The facts show that instances of a Husband sexually abusing his own daughter are very rare and that a Wife is many times less likely to abuse her child than a mother who declined to get married. The instances of a child being abused where the Husband and Wife are both present in the home are virtually non-existent.
If government does not make policy based on these facts it itself will be the most significant factor in the cause of child abuse.
There is no possible excuse for the government in Ireland to not differentiate all statistics it records on the basis of marital status otherwise it is overtly negligent in the pledge it made under Article 41 of the Constitution to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it against attack. How could a government carry out this pledge if it has no basis for distinguishing such Families.
It should be a straightforward case for any person to take a case against any government department that fails to differentiate on the basis of marital status and force all government policy to give full respect to the Family founded on Marriage as the moral institution denoted in the Constitution.
God bless, Roger Eldridge
Chairman, National Mens Council of Ireland
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Mum, not dad, more likely to neglect kids
Jessica Strutt, The West Australian September 23, 2009,
Mothers are more likely than fathers to neglect and emotionally and physically abuse their children, information obtained under freedom of information laws reveals.
But figures from the WA Department for Child Protection show substantiated cases of child sexual abuse against fathers still far outnumber those against mothers.
The data shows that parents were the perpetrators in almost 39 per cent of the 1505 substantiated cases of child abuse in 2007-08. Of the 582 cases of abuse by parents, mothers were responsible for 73 per cent, while fathers committed 27 per cent.
Mothers were more than 17 times more likely than fathers to neglect their children, while fathers were responsible for 85 per cent of sex abuse cases against children.
Mothers carried out almost 68 per cent of cases of emotional and psychological abuse committed by parents, about 53 per cent of physical abuse and more than 94 per cent of neglect cases.
Cases of substantiated abuse jumped from 960 in 2005-06 to 1505 in 2007-08. In 2005-06, mothers committed 312 cases, while fathers were responsible for 165.
In 2005-06, mothers were responsible for 161 neglect, 72 emotional and psychological, 76 physical and three sexual abuse cases against their children. In the same financial year, fathers were responsible for 37 neglect, 41 emotional and psychological, 65 physical and 22 sexual abuse cases against their children.
A DCP spokesman said figures between years were not comparable because measuring methodologies may have changed.
Of the total substantiated cases of abuse in 2007-08, including by parents and where the gender of the perpetrator was determined, 463 were carried out by women and 353 by men.
University of Western Sydney academic Micheal Woods said yesterday that the statistics debunked the myth that fathers posed the greatest risk to their children.
Mr Woods, co-director of the university’s Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre, said if similar data was available in other States it would show similar trends.
Adults Surviving Child Abuse WA spokeswoman Michelle Stubbs said an initial look at the data did not present a clear explanation and other factors had to be considered.
She said it was important to keep in mind that mothers were often the primary caregivers for children and also may be held more responsible by the department in neglect cases.