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Child Abuse

Dear Sean Hannity -- I'm Truly Sorry

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 09.19.2014 | Media
Barbara Ficarra

I can't begin to imagine what you went through as a child. What's extremely heartbreaking is that you said that you "deserved it." No child deserves to be hit or beaten, with or without a belt.

Black Children Are Beloved and Beaten

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Irene Monroe

Parenting is hard, and trying to figure the appropriate punishment gains nothing with the force of violence. Especially because it was done in the days of slavery, and in spite of the fact that it was done to us as children, it needs to stop.

Rice and Peterson: A Double Standard for Violence

Paul Mones | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Paul Mones

The Peterson and Rice cases demonstrate the need for a serious national dialogue on ending all forms of physical punishment of children.

Adrian Peterson, Child Abuse, And Why It Doesn't Matter If That's How You Were Raised

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

It is never acceptable to beat a little kid bloody with a weapon, because that is always child abuse. I can't believe it's 2014 and I have to spell that out for people.

Punishment Or Child Abuse?

The New York Times | Posted 09.18.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — The indictment last week of the N.F.L. player Adrian Peterson by a Texas grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child has set...

Spare the Rod: Save the Child

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

Resorting to corporal punishment means that the adult uses dominance, power and violence to try to control the child. And, far from teaching the child how to behave, how to right the wrong that upset the parent in the first place, it leaves the child angry, upset and in pain. Nothing is learned and so much is lost.

Father Posts Video Of Son's Alleged Abuse By Mother, Gets Charged Himself (GRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 09.18.2014 | Crime

A Pennsylvania man who claims he arrived at his ex-girlfriend's home to find their 11-month-old boy abused, posted a shocking video on Facebook, and n...

Adrian Peterson's Foundation Goes Offline To Protect Charity Partners

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact

Programs benefiting from Adrian Peterson's charity are suffering because of the recent accusations of child abuse against the NFL star. The All Da...

An All-American Ass-Whoopin'

Mark Morford | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Mark Morford

America! You know what you need? Besides better bourbon, less Jesus and fewer conservatives? That's right: A good whoopin'. A serious spanking. Maybe ...

The Violence Spills Off the Field

Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Sports
Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D.

The NFL has not even begun to systematically examine holistically whether the on-field behaviors they champion translate into off-field recklessness. If NFL leadership fails to make that connection and render changes to the sport's culture of violence, then the banner of flag football may get the call to save the league even sooner than I once predicted.

Vikings: We Made A 'Mistake' Bringing Back Peterson

AP | DAVE CAMPBELL | Posted 09.17.2014 | Sports

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was declared out, back in, then out again as he faces a felony child-...

NFL Has Opportunity to Enforce #NoHitting Policy

Areva Martin | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Areva Martin

We can't expect adults to refrain from violence if, as children, they learn it's acceptable when cloaked in terms of "discipline." We cannot interact in ways that rely on or revert to any form of physical and emotional battering, even if we label it "discipline" or "tough love."

REPORT: Adrian Peterson Accused Of Beating Another Son

KHOU | Posted 09.15.2014 | Sports

The four-year-old is by a different mother than the alleged victim in the Montgomery County case, in which Peterson is charged with felony injury to a...

REPORT: Adrian Peterson Accused Of Injuring Another 4-Year-Old Son

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Sports

Just hours after Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson apologized for injuring one 4-year-old son, KHOU-TV in Houston reported that he has al...

Adrian Peterson: I Am Not A Child Abuser

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Sports

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has issued a statement on his indictment in a child injury case. The 2012 NFL MVP apologized for "the h...

Vikings Legend Reacts To Adrian Peterson Return: 'Surprise Surprise'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.15.2014 | Sports

Arguably the most recognizable player in Vikings franchise history, Fran Tarkenton had harsh words for his former team in a HuffPost Live conversation...

WATCH: NFL Hall Of Famer Delivers Moving Speech On Child Abuse

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Sports

Cris Carter believes there is no place in the home for corporal punishment and no place for abusers on an NFL field. In an emotional, personal mon...

Out of the Closet on Domestic Abuse: Why I Stayed, Why I Left and Why I Choose Now to Tell My Story

Michele Hunt | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
Michele Hunt

It is for my daughter Nicole and women, girls and boys around the world, that I choose the most powerful form of communications on earth to come out of my closet. I want anyone and everyone who is enduring abuse of any kind to please know -- You Are Not Alone!

A Little Girl, 10 Years Later

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Time flies. Yes, we hear that everyday don't we? And on some days we see it too. Time flies. Can you see a difference you've made in someone's life...

Man Puts Girlfriend's Toddler Son In Dryer, Turns It On: Cops

AP | Posted 09.08.2014 | Crime

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A man is accused of putting a 2-year-old Maine toddler in a clothes dryer and turning it on, burning the boy. WABI-TV ( http:...

Mom Accused Of Trying To Kill Autistic Daughter Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse

AP | Posted 09.02.2014 | Crime

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) -- A northern Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter has pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse. Ben...

2 Accused Of Abusing 11-Year-Old Boy

AP | Posted 08.28.2014 | Crime

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say a man and his mother used plumber's tape to keep an 11-year-old boy restrained for several hours at a time ...

Freedom from Religion

Karl Wilder | Posted 08.21.2014 | New York
Karl Wilder

Photo: Artist Alan May and myself at an event for the SF Food Bank (photo by Blodwen Tarter) I wrote "Losing My Religion" a scant 48 hours ago. Much...

The Harrowing Story Of A Former Indian Street Child

OWN | Posted 08.21.2014 | OWN

When Satender Sharma was 13 years old, he had to make a frightening choice: continuing living with his abusive father, or run away and attempt to surv...

Judge Calls Child Rapist A Vile 'Bitch'

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.20.2014 | Crime

A Georgia judge had tough words for a woman who pleaded guilty to helping her boyfriend rape and molest her two young daughters. "I don't know that...