Parricide is a Child Abuse Effect

by Darlene Barriere
(Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada)

Child abuse can result in parricide, the killing of one's mother or father. Such is the case of a 13-year-old who is charged with killing her 34-year-old father. She used a shotgun, allegedly after suffering years of sexual abuse by him. The teen is on record saying she couldn't take the abuse any longer.

Investigators report that the girl lived in a home that was rife with domestic violence, a home which the local District Attorney described as "filthy". Toilets were clogged and overflowing, most of the furniture was in a grave state of disrepair, and the teen herself was forced to sleep on a couch that most would heave into a dumpster.

My Comments: Children who are sexually abused blame themselves for the abuse, and they believe they have the power to stop the abuse. They are filled with rage, shame and guilt. The rage is multiplied when legitimate reports of abuse are made and determined to be either unsubstantiated or even worse, unfounded.

Children who resort to killing a parent are often victims of long-standing emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse. They suffer from extreme feelings of abandonment, not just from their parents, but also from the child protection system because they have tried to get help for themselves to no avail. They believe there isn't any help for them, and consequently, resort to taking matter into their own hands with the use of deadly force. Deadly force is an act of desperation, an act that reinforces the belief that only the child can stop the abuse.

We can educate children. We can teach them that child abuse in any of its forms is not their fault. We can give the children resources to contact if they are being abused. But if we don't also educate the social workers in Child Protection Services, abused children will continue to slip through the cracks.

If there is any hope of truly helping abused children, case workers must understand the "red flags" of abuse and they must be given the means to protect these children. Failure to provide these resources will result in an escalation of desperate acts, and subsequently, we will be dealing with more and more incidents of parricide.

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Aug 23, 2007
Parricide is a new word for me
by: JWC

It's sad that child abuse in our world is so prevalent that kids feel they need to resort to murdering their parents. I didn't even know this word existed! But worse, I can't believe there are enough incidents of kids killing their parents to WARRANT its own word. Very disturbing!

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Mar 06, 2008
by: jessi

why does the mother of father beat their child

Jul 26, 2009
Adoptive parents may be threatened due to abuse by the bio parents
by: Elle

My 11 year old adopted son has poisoned our food with feces, bleach, and other cleaning agents and has threatened to stab both his father and I. He was terribly abused with his biological mother, and although we have NOT abused him, he appears to have transferred his rage of his abuse onto us.

Sep 18, 2010
They Should Let Her Go
by: Anonymous

I'm disgusted that they are charging her at all.

There are some people in our society who should not be afforded a right to life. That includes child abusers, rapists, and pedophiles.

The word "outlaw" comes from a legal status no longer used where a person was considered outside the protection of the law. There are people who don't deserve the protection of the law. Monsters like this girl's father don't deserve any legal rights.

Even if he does deserve a right to life our society should understand her predicament.

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