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Originally posted by SuperSlovak
yea well the polygamists had no right to abuse the kids and make the young women marry older men.
dont forget about the other side of the story.
Teenagers Aging Out of Foster Care
Studies show these teens have difficulties making the transition to independence.
A 1998 study found that 12 to 18 months after exiting care, many of these teens have trouble meeting their basic needs:[xlviii]
· 49% were unemployed
· 37% had not yet completed high school (though 90% were attending prior to discharge)
· 32% were receiving public assistance (food stamps & AFDC)
· 12% had been homeless at least once
· 18% had been incarcerated at least once
· 25% of males & 15% of females experienced serious physical victimization
· 44% had difficulty acquiring needed medical care
· only 21% were able to continue to receive mental health services (while 47% had been receiving these prior to discharge)
A study of reported abuse in Baltimore, found the rate of "substantiated" cases of sexual abuse in foster care more than four times higher than the rate in the general population. Using the same methodology, an Indiana study found three times more physical abuse and twice the rate of sexual abuse in foster homes than in the general population. In group homes there was more than ten times the rate of physical abuse and more than 28 times the rate of sexual abuse as in the general population, in part because so many children in the homes abused each other.
· A study of foster children in Oregon and Washington State found that nearly one third reported being abused by a foster parent or another adult in a foster home.
· In a study of investigations of alleged abuse in New Jersey foster homes, the researchers found a lack of “anything approaching reasonable professional judgment” and concluded that “no assurances can be given” that any New Jersey foster child is safe.
· A lawyer who represents children in Broward County, Florida, says in a sworn affidavit that over a period of just 18 months he was made personally aware of 50 instances of child-on-child sexual abuse involving more than 100 Broward County foster children. The official number during this same period: Seven - because until what the lawyer called "an epidemic of child-on-child sexual abuse" was exposed, the child abuse hotline didn't accept reports of such abuse.
· Another Baltimore study, this one examining case records, found abuse in 28 percent of the foster homes studied -- more than one in four.
· A study of cases in Fulton and DeKalb Counties in Georgia found that among children whose case goal was adoption, 34 percent had experienced abuse, neglect, or other harmful conditions. For those children who had recently entered the system, 15 percent had experienced abuse, neglect or other harmful conditions in just one year.
Originally posted by FreeSpeaker
Does any of this change the fact that children as young as 14 are being married to men old enough to be their fathers. Can a 14 year old girl who has been taught only what the men at the ranch allow (their prophet leader is a convicted child rapist who encouraged child rape) really know thats how she wants to live her life?
I'm not arguing the legal issues here, just the moral issues.
These children are basically growing up in a closed society that allows no outside contact. Is this really any different than communism or facism, not being aloud to even expand your mind and being told what you are allowed to think and say?
The one thing that really bothers me is the "keep sweet" that the girls are tought. To me that means not objecting to molestation.
Originally posted by jasonjnelson
reply to post by SuperSlovak
Could you please, in all of the factual evidence, point me to where these "young kids" are and the abuse they suffered? And young girls "forced" to marry? I have to say, that is a concept that happens all over the world, all the time, with little condemnation. But it is still not "proven" here. Again, I just want a little evidence. By my calculations, Children in CPS are much more likely to be abused sexually or physically. But I bet that we can't just lump all foster parents into a group and take their kids away? Again, what if they, (tptb) decide that not letting your kids near electricity is abuse? Or not allowing them near the internet. Then what happens to the amish?