Autism and Child Abuse

by Michael Katz
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Moved from comment section in article titled Autism, Child Abuse and Neglect: 
In 1999 I discovered Asperger's Syndrome. For ten years this seemed to be the best characteristic to describe how I am. In 2009 I acknowledged how much I have been emotionally abused by my mother. I started going to a child abuse survivor support group that I like much better than the Asperger's Syndrome support group. Due to the circumstances of the child abuse it is now impossible to say for sure if I was born with Asperger's Syndrome.


Most parents, (not all), I say again, most parents of Autistic children are more concerned about their own rights than they are about the rights of their children. Parents of Autistic children will say that their children did not become Autistic from child abuse. Parents of Autistic children have so thoroughly defended this right that they now have a free and clear licence to be abusive to their children without ever being questioned. Any signs of child abuse will be disregarded and be reclassified as Autism, and thus their children will be subjected to more intensive Autism treatments instead of investigating how child abuse is exacerbating the Autism.

I have a developmental disability that I believe was caused by the emotional abuse of my mother. I believe something like this can be documented. The brains of abused children develop in such a way that they have a developmental disability.

The question to consider is: Did my emotional abuse cause the Asperger's Syndrome? I know for sure I have a developmental disability. I was raised by this very emotionally abusive mother. Due to the factor of the emotional abuse, the odds I was born this way becomes very slim.

If it can be proven that my developmental disability is not Autism, then what is the name of this particular developmental disability.

Child abuse can intensify the symptoms of Autism if the child was born Autistic. Child abuse can cause a child to become developmentally disabled. I can't say for sure if child abuse actually causes Autism, BUT IT SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED.

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Sep 21, 2009
I agree: Very worthy of investigation...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

I moved your comments to a page of its own in order to give them more exposure, Michael. Thank you for sharing your story and thoughts about autism and child abuse with my visitors and me.

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Sep 21, 2009
Same here
by: Anonymous

Michael, I am Autistic, too...my "parents" did the same thing to me, too, besides abusing me...and to make matters worse, they always think it is "discipline", but it's not. I'm glad that we're not alone.

Sep 22, 2009
Great that You found Your Voice
by: Dawn

I have a child with mild autism and seriously think it is due to him shots. One day he was a functional little toddler and the next day he woke up and could not even remember hoe to hold up his head nor eat nothing. I have never abused him and believe that I as his mother am his only voice. I also know we can get through this if we work together to best understand autism.
It is such a shame and disgrace to parents who abuse autistic children. I am sorry that this has happened in your life, you deserve a loving nurturing home where you are safe. Keep being your own voice and making abuse known to others. We as community need to bind together to protect our children who can not express nor speak for theirselves. Thanks for being so brave and bringing this abuse to light.

Apr 22, 2010
sex abuse by the mother and boyfriend
by: Anonymous

my grandson has been a victim of sex abuse by his mother and boyfriend. My grandson has been very brave and, has told many people. Because of his autism no believes him and that makes him still a target of the abuse. I am very proud of him for him for telling He still lives with the abuse and has been threatened by the two who abuse him. As a grandparent I am very upset that any mother would abuse her own child and lie to protect herself. It is tottaly horrible how parents can abuse their power over their own child and not understand their own childs autism.

Jun 29, 2010
Society has got it wrong
by: Bob

I'm horrified about the case of one commentator's grandson being sexually abused by his parents and him not being believed.
We in the UK, like the USA have an Adversarial Law system, one which is in my view Criminal Friendly. I once joked with my brother as to the definition of a "Credible Witness". I said the definition is "A Sociopath/Psychopath". True to the mark methinks.
It is a fatal flaw in many people that we reward bad behaviour in our society, possibly because we like to cover up for our own.
Denial is all powerful: We lie to ourselves and reject the truth. In doing so, we don't just fail people with disabilities, we fail, debase and defile ourselves.

Sep 10, 2010
Emotional abuse to infants causes autism and schizophrenia
by: Gypsy

It is definitely true that parents cause autism and schizophrenia, namely the mother, who usually spends most time with the infant. I have witnessed this abuse over and over countless times in people I know and have met. I am certain of it without a shadow of a doubt. My mother was one of these brave VICTIMS.
I read in 'What every parent needs to know' that studies in Israel showed that if babies displaying autism were removed from their environment and given intense one to one attention, there was a 70%-odd success in recovery. This only worked under age 3, due to brain developing rapidly before this age.
This whole subject is so painful, its hard to bear.

Jul 06, 2011
I did NOT cause My son's AUTISM!
by: Anonymous

My son is autistic, I have NEVER abused my son. I went through HELL ,struggling with myself, because thought I had caused this somehow.6 years later i know didn't. I have become a child advocate to help these parents with autistic children, It's hard, and it takes EVERY ounce of patience I have.I not ONLY have 1 child with autism, but I also have 2 other disabled children. who i love and will be there, and fight for them until my dying breath. I could NOT do this alone, my husband has been more than willing to take over for me when i need a break. It makes me feel Sick to my stomach that someone would abuse the MOST precious gift that GOD can give someone. they WILL be JUDGED!

Sep 11, 2014
mother of autistic 15 year old,not responsable
by: Anonymous

I HAVE A 15 YEAR OLD CHILDER ,HE LEAVES WITH MY EXWIFE,HE IS AT TUSTING HIGHSCHOOL.,LAST WEEK I WENT TO HIS CLASS TO SEE HOW HE INTERACTS IN CLASS AND WITH OTHER.AT THE END OF SCHOOL,I ASKED HOW HE WAS GOING TO HOME,HE SAID WALKING WITH FRIENDS,THE DISTANCE IS 1.40 MILES FROM HOME TO SCHOOL.HE PLAYS WAR AND KILLING GAMES,HIS MOM IS NOT RESPONSABLE WITH HIM AT HOME,I'VE DONE MANY REPORT ABOUT IT,TO POLICE,SCHOOL,CHILD PROTECTION,BUT NOBODY CAN HELP,I HAVE TRIED TO TALK TO THE MOM,BUT SHE REFUSES NOT TO ANSWER MY CALLS AND TEXES,LOOKS THAT SHE HAS THE LAWS ON HER HANDS,I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT STEPS SOULD TAKE

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