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Message ID: 8021
Date: 2009-01-19

Author:DeanTongaol.com

Subject:Child Trauma

To further the discussion on child trauma relative to physical child abuse v. corporal punishment, let's look at the mandatory reporting laws under the Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment ACT (CAPTA). All mandated reporters are required by law to report any "reasonable suspicion" of child abuse. The Mandated Reporter must call a "Child Protective Agency" as soon as possible to make verbal report of "Reasonable Suspicion." - http://www.capcsac.org/training/laws The government, in the persons of Child Protective Services (CPS), is charged by our legislature to protect children from abuse and neglect. Each state may have a slightly varying definition of what "reasonable suspicion" is, but in California, for example, "Reasonable Suspicion" occurs when "it is objectively reasonable for a person to entertain such a suspicion, when based upon the facts that could cause a reasonable person in a like position, drawing when appropriate on his or her training and experience, to suspect child abuse." (California Penal Code 11166[a]). That said, when does "reasonable" become "unreasonable," or when does objectivity become subjectivity and perhaps the mark, or bruise, or welt being reported by the person was a "source misattribution error?" Perhaps, the child fell off of his/her bicycle or the child suffers from a consumption coagulopathy or platelet disorder and bruises easily and the doctor or nurse misdiagnosed the alleged abuse. Clearly, the line of demarcation separating corporal punishment v. physical child abuse is not black and white but very gray. We have risk assessment tools - psychometric tests - such as the Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAP Form VI), CTS-PC, AAPI, et al which can be administered to parents accused of acts of physical child abuse to glean if they have a propensity or penchant to perpetrate such acts. The State does not make a good parent and I vehemently disagree that this is not a state control issue. It very much so is. Certainly, Dr. James Dobson agrees with the use of corporal punishment - http://www.creationists.org/corporalpunishment.html Dean Tong, MSc., Forensic Trial Consultant 604 Brentwood Place Brandon, FL 33511 813.657.4930, Ph/Fax 813.417.5362, Cell 800.854.0735, Books/Media http://www.abuse-excuse.com http://www.DeanTong.com Read Dean Tong's articles online at www.newswithviews.com/Tong/deanA.htm Disclaimer: Dean Tong is not an attorney licensed to practice law. His professional opinion herein must not be construed as legal advice. And the recipient of this e-mail should always first query an attorney for professional legal advice. If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail please delete the same.

To further the discussion on child trauma relative to physical child abuse v. corporal punishment, let's look at the mandatory reporting laws under the Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment ACT (CAPTA). All mandated reporters are required by law to report any "reasonable suspicion" of child abuse. The Mandated Reporter must call a "Child Protective Agency" as soon as possible to make verbal report of "Reasonable Suspicion." - http://www.capcsac.org/training/laws The government, in the persons of Child Protective Services (CPS), is charged by our legislature to protect children from abuse and neglect. Each state may have a slightly varying definition of what "reasonable suspicion" is, but in California, for example, "Reasonable Suspicion" occurs when "it is objectively reasonable for a person to entertain such a suspicion, when based upon the facts that could cause a reasonable person in a like position, drawing when appropriate on his or her training and experience, to suspect child abuse." (California Penal Code 11166[a]). That said, when does "reasonable" become "unreasonable," or when does objectivity become subjectivity and perhaps the mark, or bruise, or welt being reported by the person was a "source misattribution error?" Perhaps, the child fell off of his/her bicycle or the child suffers from a consumption coagulopathy or platelet disorder and bruises easily and the doctor or nurse misdiagnosed the alleged abuse. Clearly, the line of demarcation separating corporal punishment v. physical child abuse is not black and white but very gray. We have risk assessment tools - psychometric tests - such as the Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAP Form VI), CTS-PC, AAPI, et al which can be administered to parents accused of acts of physical child abuse to glean if they have a propensity or penchant to perpetrate such acts. The State does not make a good parent and I vehemently disagree that this is not a state control issue. It very much so is. Certainly, Dr. James Dobson agrees with the use of corporal punishment - http://www.creationists.org/corporalpunishment.html Dean Tong, MSc., Forensic Trial Consultant 604 Brentwood Place Brandon, FL 33511 813.657.4930, Ph/Fax 813.417.5362, Cell 800.854.0735, Books/Media http://www.abuse-excuse.com http://www.DeanTong.com Read Dean Tong's articles online at www.newswithviews.com/Tong/deanA.htm Disclaimer: Dean Tong is not an attorney licensed to practice law. His professional opinion herein must not be construed as legal advice. And the recipient of this e-mail should always first query an attorney for professional legal advice. If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail please delete the same.