Physical abuse is the form of child abuse most frequently reported by the media and most familiar to the public. It is, also, the form most frequently fatal.
Children can and do sustain bumps and bruises, in the course of ordinary play. Physical abuse, however, is deliberate harm by a parent or caregiver.
An abuser may characterize physical abuse as punishment for a perceived infraction. But such punishment is out of all proportion to the infraction, and severe beyond a child’s capacity to understand or endure it.
The warning signs of physical abuse include the following :
A child who has unexplained burns, bruises, bite marks, or broken bones.
A child who has fading bruises after an absence from school, particularly patterned injuries (in the shape of a belt buckle or stove burner, for example) or injuries in normally protected areas of the body like the genitals, inner arms, back, or buttocks.
A child who shrinks from adults, as if fearful of being struck.
A child who seems reluctant to go home after school, and/or frightened of his/her parents.
A child with mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, and/or depression.
A child who says his/her injury was caused by a parent or caregiver.
Children subjected to physical abuse like “Shaken Baby” Syndrome during the early years of life can experience brain damage, loss of hearing, injury to the spinal cord, and death.
The parent responsible for inflicting injury on a child – or attempting to “cover” for an offending partner – may offer inconsistent (or unconvincing) explanations for that child’s injuries.
Such a parent may describe his/her child as “evil” or in other highly negative terms. The parent may use (or recommend that a teacher use) harsh physical discipline on his/her child.
Other potential danger signals include a prior history of abuse by the parent with the same or another child, and/or physical abuse of that parent as a child.
Emotional abuse is an underrated form of abuse, but no less damaging for that.
The warning signs of emotional abuse include the following :
A child who exhibits a lack of attachment to the parent.
A child who is delayed in physical or emotional development, unrelated to an identifiable medical or psychological condition.
A child who is either inappropriately adult (parenting other children) or inappropriately infantile (constantly rocking or head-banging, for example).
A child who exhibits behavioral extremes (acute passivity or serious aggression; demanding behavior or abject compliance).
A child who attempts suicide.
The parent who rejects his/her child will constantly blame, belittle, or berate that child. The parent unconcerned about his/her child’s well-being may refuse offers of help for that child’s school problems.
On the other hand, a parent can be so self-involved that his/her child becomes little more than a pawn for manipulation.
St Paul’s School, in Barnes, southwest London, failed to challenge paedophile teachers because “maintaining the reputation of the organisation” was a higher priority than “any consideration of the impact their behaviour had on pupils”.
A serious case review was ordered in 2017 after five former teachers at St Paul’s and its junior school, formerly known as Colet Court, were found guilty of sex offences against boys or the possession of child abuse images.
They may very well be right. Though not all truths need to be shared with everyone—or even anyone—to maintain a healthy and happy life, concealing some truths is like swallowing slow-acting poison: one’s insides gradually rot. How does one tell the difference between the kind of secret one should keep and the kind one shouldn’t? Perhaps a good guide would be this: the kind of secrets that shouldn’t be kept are those that allow us to behave in a way that causes harm to others or to ourselves. All-to-common examples of this include addiction (to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, and so on) as well as infidelities (to spouses, business partners, friends, and so on). Keeping these kind of secrets allows the detrimental behavior to continue. Confess such secrets to the right people and it becomes much harder for the harm such secrets enable to continue.
But though revealing that we have a problem with alcohol or drug addiction often represents a necessary step toward recovery, the virtue of confessing infidelities—especially if they were one-time occurrences only—is far less clear. If a man cheats on his wife once, regrets it, and resolves never to do it again, will he do more good than harm in confessing or more harm than good?
Though one could imagine several results from such a confession—from the scenario in which his wife forgives him and the relationship ultimately continues intact after a period of healing, to the scenario in which the marriage continues but in a shattered form, to the scenario in which the relationship ends horribly and painfully—there are reasons to think that notconfessing might in some instances be worse. Such situations are always nuanced and need to be considered on a case-by-base basis, but if you dodecide to confess, it will likely:
Reduce your guilt. Though people who maintain such secrets do so ostensibly to prevent the last two scenarios I listed above, keeping such secrets has its costs. Though confessing by no means guarantees a release from guilt, it’s likely the only way to make such a release possible. Certainly, confessing with even a genuinely contrite heart may not move the person you’ve hurt to forgive you, but it will open up an even more important possibility: that you will be able to forgive yourself. Was Raskolnikov better off for eventually confessing he murdered the old woman in Crime and Punishment even though doing so landed him in prison? A debatable point, but Dostoyevsky seemed to think so.
Prevent the person or persons who would be hurt by learning the secret from finding out about it from someone else. Though revealing the secret yourself will cause pain, having them learn it from someone else will undoubtedly cause even more. You very well may risk the end of the relationship, but depending on how likely you judge it that your secret might be revealed from other sources, you need to decide which path is riskier.
Reduce the number of your offenses. It’s one thing to do something hurtful to someone. It’s another to do so and keep it from them. While the former is often hard to forgive, the latter is even harder.
Deciding not to reveal a hurtful secret is usually easy, while deciding to reveal it is hard. But if it’s a secret you’re withholding from someone with whom you’re intimate—a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a best friend—even if it need never come up, it represents a barrier, a schism, between you and that person. Maybe you can tolerate that schism by simply not thinking about it. But maybe you can’t. Which is why, I suppose, a good rule of thumb by which to live your life is to try not to have any secrets to keep at all—that is, to not do anything you can’t tell the people who matter to you most.
Dr. Lickerman’s new book The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self will be published on November 6. Please read the sample chapter and visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble to order your copy today!
THE STORY:Both Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew were listed as names in the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book.
THE IMPLICATIONS:Elite pedophilia is widespread, and there is a push to normalize it with the creation of terms like “minor-attracted person.” Why is pedophilia so rife among the ruling class?
is a common theme in the underbelly of the New World Order. Elite pedophilia is shockingly widespread. It goes all the way to highest levels, as the latest scandal involving Prince Andrew shows. This is not just a one-off incident, nor is it isolated. The numerous examples of elite pedophilia throughout the world are fundamentally connected, because a global sex-trafficking ring exists, involving pimps like billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and those who use his child sex slaves, like Alan Dershowitz (ardent defender of genocidal Zionism), and like Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew (Epstein reportedly had 21 phone numbers for Bill Clinton). The reality is that many perpetrators of pedophilia are not shady men in trench coats living in seedy hotels, but are in fact pillars of our community. They are men in so-called “respectable” professions such as banking, law, medicine and politics.
The Shocking Extent of Elite Pedophilia
The late great Ted Gunderson was a former FBI chief who spent decades of the later half of his life investigating the New World Order and Satanism. His inquiries led him to discover a common thread running through the global conspiracy: a worldwide child sex trafficking and pedophilia ring that sold children into slavery and flew them to places like Washington DC to be used in sex orgies by politicians. Gunderson found that, in America, more than 100,000 kids were going missing every year, and that the FBI, CPS and White House were fully complicit in the coverup.
Senator John De Camp wrote a book entitled “The Franklin Cover-Up, Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska”in which he exposed the existence of a child sex ring in Nebraska. You can read excerpts of it on educate-yourself.org. In it he names many figures such as George Bush and former NSA chief Michael Aquino of the Church of Satan. We have testimony from many people such as Paul Bonacci, Brice Taylor and Cathy O’Brien, who states George Bush, Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and many others raped her and her young daughter Kelly.
The movie Conspiracy of Silence is an excellent documentary exposing the global child sex trafficking rings.
From one perspective, it is somewhat surprising that the elite engage in so much pedophilia, when it can be so easily used to compromise and blackmail them later. It is obvious that pedophilia is used to lure and then control ambitious politicians so they will toe the line. Perhaps these people think they are so rich and powerful that they are untouchable, but times are changing.
However, from another perspective, pedophilia is intimately connected with mind control and Satanism, which are also ever present in the New World Order. The underage victims of pedophilia are all mind controlled, with techniques developed at the Nazi-run CIA, to submit and suppress what happened. Many of them never break their programming, but some do.
The Attempt by the Elite to Normalize Pedophilia with Newspeak: “Minor-Attracted Persons”
In his masterpiece 1984, George Orwell talks about how the manipulation of society is accomplished through the control of language; specifically, how language can be flooded with euphemisms to misdirect and hide the truth. Orwell called the new language of deception Newspeak, and stated that, “All political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.” Just look at some of our modern day examples: torture is “enhanced interrogation techniques”; murder is “collateral damage”; the aggression initiation of war is a “pre-emptive strike”; the theft of taxpayers’ money is a “bailout”; and the theft of depositors’ money in a bank is a “haircut” or “bail-in”.
In a blatant example of Newspeak, the New World Order controllers (through the psychiatric DSM V) have tried to rename pedophiles as “minor-attracted persons” and redefine pedophilia as a “sexual orientation”. This makes no sense, since sexual orientation has to do with gender not age, with whether you are attracted to males or females, not how old they are. There are even organizations (like B4UAct.org) which are claiming that pedophiles are being unfairly stigmatized for their feelings! Psychiatry, it should also be noted, has a history of inventing fictitious diseases such as ADHD (as admitted by its inventor on his deathbed by Leon Eisenberg).
This move has to do with the NWO elite wanting to reshape the world in their (sick) image. It has to do with removing any moral, cultural or legal stigmatism and ramifications from the act of pedophilia – so they can continue to conduct their child sex trafficking and pedophilic activities with no fear of consequence.
Why is Elite Pedophilia so Widespread?
Why is elite pedophilia a global phenomenon? Because of the mindset that dominates the thoughts and acts of those in power. It is a mindset that looks at everyone and everything around it as resources to be used and abused for its own personal gain – even if that gain results in its own self-destruction. It is a mindset that operates according to greed not need. It is a mindset that believes might is right, and which derives a twisted pleasure from exploiting the weak and innocent. Elite pedophilia is the manifestation of this predatory mindset in the sexual arena. It needs to be stopped – and it will be. The lid is coming off. More and more reports of elite pedophilia are coming to light, and the decent people of the world are going to be shocked when they understand the full extent of it.
If ‘the “elite” take care of their own’ and “Their need for privacy …” remind anyone of their time at BBC, these were taken from a recent article on Epstein, Royal Family and Prince Andrew. Don’t worry, they were only seen as misdemeanours, or minor sins. Obviously, the CSA Predators amongst BBC’s staff were completely different from the parental elite. Just as reputations of Private Institutions spending high funds, in attempts to silence truths from wider release was completely different from Britain’s Royal Family. Unfortunately, Kim (‘Butch’) Buchanan often referred to “those Britt’s” in his ‘Predatory’ behaviour (Similar to his reuse of a SYDNEY Batman episode).
2020 is opening, with deeper CSA Similarities and Differences.
Will BBC/GPS get its own pie: PIE, the Pedophile Information Exchange?
Whatever situation you and your families are in, the New Year of the majority of Australians brings with it:
However you also recognise the mathematical situations, 2020 does mark the beginning of the 2020’s. While it’s good that we’re able to progress, our thoughts + memories do go out to the multiple CSA Victims who’ve not been able to cope and their family-friends who’ve been devastated by these events. Significant changes have been made, or will occur in the following areas:
– Mandatory Reporting
– Government Conditions
– Counselling & Medical Permissions
There is still much to do, nothing will replace what’s been lost yet through sharing some of our angst is often what’s needed to lead to a missing resolution. Since our last few posts in 2019, there’s been time available to mention some of the Survivour’s and Financial details. Understandably each was dealt with by specialised fields, yet when overlapping patterns were recognised it led to quite an unexpected reaction!
For many, the December/January holiday season may be a positive time of celebration with loved ones.
However, it can also be an intense and challenging time when feelings of isolation and loss can surface, and stress, anxiety and depression are heightened.
Support is available to help you if you need it.
The National Redress Scheme phone line will remain open over the holiday season (Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm local time) with the exception of 25 – 27 December 2019 and 1 January 2020.
Redress Support Services are available to provide free, confidential emotional and practical support before, during and after applying to the Scheme. The following Redress Support Services will remain open over the holiday season:
The remaining Redress Support Services will operate with revised opening hours over the holiday season. Alternative contact details will be provided on their answering machines, websites and/or social media pages.
As of 29 November 2019, the National Redress Scheme:
had received over 5,510 applications
made 1,096 decisions, including 792 payments totalling over $64.1 million, and 155 offers of redress awaiting an applicant’s decision
had an average payment amount of $81,000
was processing over 3,610 applications
had 591 applications on hold because one or more institution named had not yet joined, and 218 applications required additional information from the applicant.
Since 1 July 2019, more people have received redress than in the entire first year of the Scheme. From 1 July 2019 to 29 November 2019, 563 applications were finalised, resulting in 553 payments.
Find out more
To find out more about the National Redress Scheme, go to the website or call 1800 737 377from Australia or +61 3 6222 3455 from overseas (Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm local time with the exception of the December/January dates listed above).
As of 4 October 2019, the National Redress Scheme:
had received over 5,040 applications
made around 750 decisions — including 638 payments, totalling over $51.3 million
made over 100 offers of redress, and applicants have six months to consider their offer of redress.
was processing over 3,300 applications, with 618 applications on hold because one or more institution named in the application had not yet joined and about 300 applications requiring additional information from the applicant.
As of 4 October, the average payment was $80,019.
In July, August and September of this year more people received redress than in the first year of the Scheme. From 1 July 2019 to 4 October 2019, 405 applications were finalised, resulting in 399 payments.
Participating institutions update
All institutions where child sexual abuse has occurred are encouraged to sign up to the Scheme as soon as possible.
As of 4 October, there were 61 non-government institutions participating in the National Redress Scheme, covering over 41,300 individual sites, such as churches, schools and clubs.
In September, a number of new institutions, organisations and religious orders completed the necessary steps to join the Scheme.
The following institutions have completed the steps to join the Scheme:
Ballarat and Queen’s Anglican Grammar School
The Carmelite Fathers Incorporated (Vic)
Legacy Australia Incorporated*
Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc
The Trustees of the Passionist Fathers
The additions to the Anglican Church of Australia participating group are:
All Saints’ College Inc
Arden Anglican School
Blue Mountains Grammar School Limited
Campbelltown Anglican Schools Council
The Corporate Trustees of the Diocese of Armidale
The Corporate Trustees of the Diocese of Grafton
Governors of Hale School
Launceston Church Grammar School
The Society of the Sacred Advent Schools Pty Ltd as trustee for The Society of the Sacred Advent – St Aidan’s Trust (St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School)
The Society of the Sacred Advent Schools Pty Ltd as trustee for The Society of the Sacred Advent – St Margaret’s Trust (St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School)
The Synod of the Diocese of The Murray of the Anglican Church of Australia Incorporated
Trinity College Gawler Inc
The addition to the Baptist Churches of Victoria participating group is Warracknabeal Baptist Church.
The addition to the Salesian Society (Vic) participating group is Boys’ Town Engadine.
The additions to the Uniting Church in Australia participating group are:
Aitken College Limited (Vic)
Billanook College Limited (Vic)
Blackheath Home, Oxley (Qld)
Fahan School (Tas)
The Geelong College (Vic)
Kingswood College Limited (Vic)
Methodist Ladies’ College (Vic)
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (Vic)
Pilgrim School Inc (SA)
Prince Alfred College (SA)
Scotch College (Vic)
The Scots School Albury (Vic)
UnitingCare Wesley Bowden (SA)
Uniting Communities Incorporated (SA)
Uniting Country SA Ltd
*Legacy Australia Incorporated has joined the National Redress Scheme. Legacy Australia Inc. does not include all Legacy clubs. Legacy Australia Inc. is actively working with Legacy clubs to encourage and support them to join the National Redress Scheme.
For more information about the sites covered by these institutions and a full list of institutions that have joined, go to the Scheme’s website.
The website also includes a map where you can find institutions that have joined in your state or territory.
Where do I get support?
Redress Support Services are available to help people understand the Scheme, provide emotional support and guide people through the application process.
A list of support services is available on the website. If you need immediate assistance from a counsellor, please contact: