I started working in a daycare, and I had to take a course on child abuse since I am a mandated reporter. While I was taking the class I found some very interesting information about the history of child abuse laws.
Up to the late 19th century, children were often seen as the property of their parents.In 1874, the case of Mary Ellen Wilson helped focus society’s attention on abused children. Mary Ellen was being abused by her stepmother. A dying women living nearbyoverheard the screams of Mary Ellen and asked a visting missionary for help. The missionary searched for help but was denied by several agencies. In desperation, the missionary turned to help from Henry Bergh, founder and president of the New York Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Bergh argued in court that Mary Ellen was a member of the Animal Kingdom who could not protect herself from the cruelty of her stepmother. Continued...
Answer by mommy9 at 10:46 PM on Dec. 27, 2009
Cont. Because laws protected animals from cruel treatment, Mary Ellen was removed from her home. However, it wasn’t until the 1960’s that laws were written regarding child abuse. In 1961, the American Academy of Pediatrics held a conference on child abuse, and the first model child abuse law was drafted.
Anyways, I thought this was very interesting to learn the history of how child abuse prevention and laws came about.
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Answer by thundernlight at 12:07 AM on Dec. 28, 2009
Whats depressing is that we have to have laws against abusing a living thing weather it's human or animal, what happened to the human in people, how can anyone just hurt a child or an animal and not feel anything, I understand discipline but not abuse, it's a sad sad world.
Answer by looovemybabies at 12:23 AM on Dec. 28, 2009