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A 33-year-old North Carolina man has been sentenced to 110 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he terrorized more than 100 underage girls by hacking into MySpace accounts and extorting nude pictures from them. Ivory Dickerson, a civil engineer, received the maximum sentence on three counts of manufacturing …

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The most damaging child abusers are

A short term act by some rare criminal freak, no matter how repugnant it sounds to the general public, generally has a minor impact on the child compared with the tremendous damage abusive parents routinely cause. This sounds like an elected judge going for easy policitical points.

The most damaging child abusers are parents who abuse their own children. This is regardless of whether the abuse is sexual, psychological, or serious physical abuse. And parental child abuse is by far the most common type of child abuse by adults against children.

The worst cases are where the abuser is the person charged with caring and protecting the child, abuse persists over many years, and the child sees no where safe to turn for help.

Earlier abuse, beginning before the age of 3, or before the age of 5, causes even more damage.

A healthy parent-child relationship is necessary for a healthy childhood.

When judges start sentencing abusive parents accordingly, then I'll be impressed. I'm not going to hold my breath though. There are too many abusive parents and they can vote.

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Actually not quite..

The worst abusers are those who're given the children removed from homes, often on the back of hearsay evidence. Let me put it this way, a single parent trying to bring up 3 kids is forced to work nights to make rent or mortgage payments, buy food, pay the bills.

Probably qualifies for daycare assistance of some kind, but was denied by some moralistic arsehole who doesn't believe in sex outside of marriage (yes - seen it happen) or can't find a daycare that will accept government assistance (because local governments are notoriously slow in paying their bills).

So being forced to leave her kids at home or in the car by themselves gets reported and end up losing them. The kids then end up with abusive foster parents (happens a lot) and that is the worst you can do to a child.

You've ripped them away from their family, and into the home of an abuser that in their eyes has all the authority to do as they please. Obviously they've done something bad in order to be taken and the abusers are punishing them - or at least that's what they end up being conditioned to believe.

Seen it, been disgusted by it and there's absolutely nothing that gets done about it. There's no accountability and the kids end up getting shunted around from family to family. Forget an education, forget a stable upbringing, if child protection officers actually understood that taking a child from a family ought to be the action of last resort perhaps it wouldn't be so bad.

They ignore laws about giving the children choices (like living with friends or relatives), and not a single person receives even a reprimand for failing to check up on foster parents or those that adopt.

Oh I'm sure the job is as nasty as it gets, and I'm sure there are not a few that do give a shit. Unfortunately they don't seem to have a clue how to do their jobs.

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> The most damaging child abusers are parents who abuse their own children.

Yes, but a parent can only abuse a few sons/daughters, while in a case like the one reported a pedophile can abuse hundreds. The impact per child might be smaller, but the total combined damage can be enormous.

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@Keith & Andy Bright

What tiresome and repetitive arguments along the lines of the wallies who spurt forth about children starving to death in Africa being a more urgent cause for concern. You both seem to be seriously suggesting that paedophiles should not be prosecuted because their actions are not as bad as something else. As far as I know there are no good crimes are bad crimes, simply crimes. Break the law and in an ideal world you should pay the price. I, for one am glad for every abuser that gets locked away.

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Locked away eh ?

And what guarantees that he won't get access to Internet while locked up ? Because I've heard that there are convicts that do have Internet access.

So ?

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Andy B: Although I certainly wouldn't argue that the Child Protection Service are faultless, I think it is a stretch to say they are all incompetent or evil.

Knowing a few people who work in the field I am often shocked by some of the cases where they CAN'T remove the child, and I like you strongly believe that children should only be removed if every possible alternative has been tried as it IS a damaging process for the child.

Currently the resources given to social service teams such as CPS are either insufficient (or just as likely squandered) to the point where Trainee social workers will often have a caseload of 30+ children, which with 2 days university work and another days worth of seminars and workshops leaves them with 30 minutes a child a week (and that's before you build in holidays, placements and study leave) and that 30 minutes also has to cover breaks, travel time to clients (service users) and all the required paperwork (which isn't red tape, keeping full records is important to ensure cases can be assigned to appropriate teams without losing information on the client).

I think even the most dedicated, intelligent and observant person would have great difficulty truely understanding someones needs in the time it takes to make a cup of tea.

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@N1AK re CPS

The CSA (Child Support Agency) in the UK was a major fuck-up. Not only was it happily removing children from parents, but it also extorted money from parents with the threat of never seeing their children again. This was particularly the case for fathers, where they would make maintenance claims which were impossibly large proportions of the father's income, and where mothers were disproportionately given custody in spite of their inability to look after their children.

My brother-in-law had this problem and told the CSA woman, "Look, I just can't afford this amount given what I'm earning." She basically said, "Tough, you either pay it or you lose rights to see your kids."

And there's the classic "Satanic ritual abuse" case where a dozen or so kids were removed from their homes for years and traumatised for life by the social services. No abuse going on at all, it turns out - or only by social services. No apologies, no compensation.

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@Chris W

> You both seem to be seriously suggesting that paedophiles should not be prosecuted because their actions are not as bad as something else. As far as I know there are no good crimes are bad crimes, simply crimes. Break the law and in an ideal world you should pay the price. I, for one am glad for every abuser that gets locked away.

No, I don't think Keith T and Andy Bright are suggesting any such thing.

What they are suggesting is that "wallies" who propose the sort of "Zero Tolerance" approach which *you* seem to be advocating are actually applying a "Zero Common Sense" system whereby "breaking the law" is the *only* thing that is taken into consideration.

This is the sort of "crowd pleasing" political nonsense we frequently from our leaders who are more interested in getting good headlines than actually dealing with the problems that exist in society (which often result from their *previous* "get tough" policies!).

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@Pascal Monett

Oh you've *heard* that prisoners have acess to the internet, have you? So I guess that makes it a real threat, then.

Not.

Go visit a real prison.

Yes, there *are* some internet access points. Theyr'e more tightly locked up than the sultan's seraglio. No only are only a very few prisoners granted access, those access points are snooped and controled and logged to a fare-the-well. Not to mention that some kinds of prisoner, like this guy, are categorically denied acess forever, no matter how well behaved they are.

Abusive, blackmailing, terrorizing kiddie-peeper going into the box forever? Sounds good to me.

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