Combating Child Abuse Through Prevention Education
Music in An Empty Room
by Ronalee Rackley (written while in her first year of teaching)
The Educational Forum, Vol. 50, No.4, Summer, 1986
"Listen, Daddy, to the song I learned today!"
And on the keys her hands begin
With all the courage that it takes.
"What noise!," he says,
"Why can't you play without mistakes?"
"Mama, the kids at school today, they laughed at me
And called me names." It hurts so much -
If you would just hold me for a little bit...
"It must have been your fault," she says.
"You always deserve whatever you get."...
On and on, everyday,
They are her mirror - that's how she knows
She's all bad - one big mistake.
They've told her she will never change,
But there's a way to stop the ache.
For soon enough you learn
That caring only means you'll hurt.
And hopelessness, like bitter cold,
In time will make you numb.
And apathy becomes your only stronghold.
Now watch her face and see the life
Seep slowly out.
Watch the joyfulness decay.
Ice-cold eyes say nothing matters
And everything has turned to gray.
Now she's lost, but safe inside.
No need to cry in this little world.
No need for love, no reason to care.
Do all you want now - beat on the door,
But you won't find her anywhere.
Like music in an empty room
Strains of melody haunting the air
Never seen, or felt or heard -
Wasted echoes in a tomb
Fade away without a word.
1. Of the confirmed cases of child maltreatment reported in 2006 , compare age occurrence
for each of the types of child maltreatment as to percent occurrence. What age group accounted for the
majority of occurrences?
2. Summarize the major factors related to parents, children, families, and the
which are associated with child maltreatment.
3. Describe your responsibility as either a community citizen, educator, or health care
provider in reporting child maltreatment. Summarize signs of child maltreatment which
warrant reporting. Describe how you would respond to a child who discloses their
abuse to you.
4. Contrast the terms primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Give an example
of a primary prevention community service for parents who are at risk for abusing
children; an example of a secondary prevention community service for parents who
have been reported to be currently abusing children; and an example of a tertiary
prevention community service for parents who have a repeated history of abusing
Internet links : Information from the following five links will assist you in responding to the above questions.:
Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
http://www.child welfare.gov In the left panel, click on "preventing child abuse and neglect"; next click on ""Overview"; then click on "when children are at risk", then click on "child abuse and neglect: Risk and protective factors." Read "Factors that contribute to child abuse and neglect" and "Protective Factors."
http://www.child welfare.gov(In the left panel under" Resources" click on "Statistics"; then click on " Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics"; lastly click on "Child Maltreatment 2006" , click "view publication"; go to chapter 3 and click on "Children" and read.
Child Maltreatment 2006: Chapter 3: Children
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