Child Abuse and Disability - Time to ACT Not REact

by Sandy
(California, USA)

Just a few days ago, a toddler was found in a hotel room in Hialeah, FL. The 2 1/2 year old was born with Moebius syndrome (congenital facial paralysis). The room? filled with diapers, feces on the floor, both living and dead animals. The baby "looked like a concentration camp victim", per Hialeah police officer. .... While the mom found online materials re: support for Moebius, it did not stop her from neglecting her son.

If children with disabilities are at increased risk for child abuse, then the organizations that focus on disabilities - need to do more than set up "medical advisory boards". While the medical information IS important, most likely the only people who search it out already KNOW how to search, and care enough to use the medical information.

Focusing entirely on the medical aspects of a disability negates another very real aspect of having a disability - the increased risk for abuse. When already struggling parents - victims of their own child abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, etc., find nothing that resonates with their own internal struggles (maybe feeling so guilty in having a baby with a disability, or spouse blaming mom for child's disability, or flat-out ignorance re: being a parent ... they are essentially left to their own conclusions.

As an adult child abuse survivor, an adult born with a congenital disability, I *know* the verbal and emotional abuse far surpassed any physical aspect of my disability. Yet, when no one "talks about it" (increased risk for child abuse among kids with disabilities), there can be no support. Reporting abuse among kids with disabilities is, at best, a big challenge - starting with the reality that it may not even be recorded in a report!

All these "medical model" support organizations for specific disabilities - need to "get with it" ... learn about child abuse among kids with disabilities and develop SOMETHING that essentially reaches out to a potentially struggling parent - a lifeline when parenting a child with a disability is just "too much".

Darlene Barriere: author. speaker. survivor. coachNote from Darlene: If I have not left a comment on your story, please understand that it is not personal; it's just that my hectic schedule no longer permits me to do so.

I hope you'll follow me on:

Email addresses, phone numbers, home addresses AND website/blog URLs in submissions and visitor comments are STRICTLY prohibited. Please don't include them, as they will be removed.

Click here to read or post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Child Abuse Article - Write one.

Disclaimer: To the best of my knowledge the child abuse
stories on this site are true. While I cannot guarantee
this, I do try to balance the need for the submitter to be
heard and validated with the needs of my visitors.

E-book: Victim To Victory

From Victim to Victory
a memoir

How I got over the devastating effects of child abuse and moved on with my life


Most Recent

  1. Can't Take Anymore

    Jan 16, 18 11:41 AM

    My father was always a good father, and a good husband, until 2008. He used to go out of the country because he's a musician, and when he came home in

    Read More

  2. Slowly Beginning Recovery

    Jan 12, 18 09:20 AM

    When I was 12 years I was sexually assaulted by a boy in my math class. The teacher made me sit next to him, ignoring my attempts to get him to change

    Read More

  3. This is on YOU!

    Jan 11, 18 08:51 AM

    I desperately scramble up the stairs, trying to escape the drunken monster behind me. Once under the safety of my bed, I silently wait. Suddenly my covers

    Read More