America must stop tolerating the crimes of child abuse and neglect. There is more outrage in neighborhoods when someone slashes their tires at night than when they suspect child abuse in their community. What is wrong with this picture? Americans need to take their blinders off and stop this madness. Here are suggestions that can be implemented immediately:1

We must impose standards for parenting. People are required to get a license to drive a car or own a gun so that they don’t inadvertently hurt someone due to ignorance or negligence. And yet, anyone old enough to have sex can have children with no expectations dictated or required whatsoever. How ridiculous is that?

Until Americans place a higher value on raising healthy children than properly operating a car or a gun, our country will continue to pay the price for the destruction of children’s lives.

When are we going to stop this madness imposed on millions of children and say “enough is enough”?


 

 

1“Are You Going to Hurt Me Too?” Andrew Vachss, Parade Magazine, October 13, 1985