Child Therapist<br />
Childhood Memories<br /> 	 Almost 160 children are convicted of crime everyday, officials show. Some have family problems,...
Disturbing Statistics <br />In the last three years for which figures are available, 114 children of primary school age we...
Cruel and Unusual<br />	This January, three offenders were executed for crimes they had committed when they were under 18....
Here to Help<br /> 	As a child therapist, I would definitely be bettering the world. Adult criminals are mentally disturbe...
Rolling With the Punches<br />According to a 2005 study sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), maltreatment...
Child Abuse at a Glance<br />    Child abuse is a serious national problem involving all economic, ethnic, racial, and rel...
It Never Has to Come to This<br />
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  1. 1. Child Therapist<br />
  2. 2. Childhood Memories<br /> Almost 160 children are convicted of crime everyday, officials show. Some have family problems, others mentally disturbed. I’d like to think that someone, out there, can help these kids. I hope that one day, I’ll be among these heroes. <br />
  3. 3. Disturbing Statistics <br />In the last three years for which figures are available, 114 children of primary school age were convicted of violence and 176 of burglary. <br />A further 214 were convicted of criminal damage - including 59 instances of arson. <br />It comes after elderly couple were killed in a suspected arson attack after they challenged yobsterrorising their sheltered housing complex. <br />Albert and Kath Adams, both 77, dies after the gang set fire to a mobility scooter in their porch.<br />More than 250 children a day are caught committing crimes, with significant rises in some areas. <br />
  4. 4. Cruel and Unusual<br /> This January, three offenders were executed for crimes they had committed when they were under 18. Douglas Christopher Thomas and Steve Roach were executed in Virginia for first degree murders committed when they were both 17 years old. In the same month, Glen McGinnis, also a teenage offender, was executed in Texas, where 25 minors are currently on death row. <br /> More minors are being tried and executed as adults. Before last January, only 10 juvenile offenders had been executed since 1990. This trend is likely to continue, since 70 offenders are now on death row in the U.S. for crimes they committed as minors. Of the 38 states which have statutes authorizing the death penalty for certain forms of murder, 24 allow the execution of those over 15. This is in line with a 1988 Supreme Court ruling Thompson v. Oklahoma that executing children under 15 constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. <br />On One Hand... <br />Murder is a serious offense at any age. Excusing an offender simply because he or she is under 18 sends a signal to other young offenders that they can commit serious crimes and get away with it. Minors who commit serious crimes because they do not recognize the value of life should be subject to the same punishment that adults are. Recent declines in homicide rates among minors indicate that the threat of execution makes potential offenders think twice. <br />Those that are put to death serve to show others that our society will not defer to minors in capitol offenses. <br />On the Other Hand... <br />Homicide among juveniles is a tragedy which doesn't always begin with the offender. Young offenders often come from broken homes and turbulent childhoods. Some are victims of abuse and many grow up using the survival instincts they learn on the streets. Society must take these factors into consideration when dealing with violence, by young people, and execution of juveniles clearly does not address the source of the problem. <br />The United States is almost alone in a world which overwhelmingly opposes executions of minors. The only other countries on the globe that execute children under 18 are Iran, Yemen, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, prohibits the execution for crimes committed under the age of 18. Only the U.S. and Somalia have failed to ratify the convention guidelines. <br />Since 1985, the U.S. has executed more juvenile offenders than all other countries combined. <br />In 1997, juvenile homicides were the lowest in the decade but still 21 percent above the average of the 1980s. <br />Douglas Christopher Thomas carried a loaded shotgun to his victims' bedroom and shot them. His girlfriend's parents' still managed to struggle to their daughter's bedroom, where either he or his girlfriend-that's under dispute-fired a second shot that killed the mother. <br />Steve E. Roach, executed recently by lethal injection in Virginia, robbed and murdered a 70-year-old woman in Stanardsville, Va., when he was 17. <br />Americans have expressed a steadily increasing support for the death penalty. In 1965, a Harris poll reported that only 38 percent of Americans supported capital punishment; 47 percent opposed it. Today, 71 percent favor it; 21 percent oppose it. <br />These crimes might have been preventable..<br />
  5. 5. Here to Help<br /> As a child therapist, I would definitely be bettering the world. Adult criminals are mentally disturbed, and often commit felonies because they seek revenge. They can seek revenge for many reasons, but the most popular are:<br />Child abuse<br />Child Neglect<br />Traumatizing Accidents<br />Nasty Divorces<br /> I feel talking out these problems can help heal their internal scars, and stop them from leading a life of crime.<br />
  6. 6. Rolling With the Punches<br />According to a 2005 study sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), maltreatment in childhood increases the likelihood of arrest as a juvenile by 59% and as an adult by 28%. Abuse as a child also increases the prospect of arrest for a violent crime by 30%.<br />For females, being abused or neglected in childhood raises the likelihood of arrest by 77%. A related 1994 NIJ study indicated that children who were sexually abused were 28 times more likely than a control group of non-abused children to be arrested for prostitution as an adult.<br />Getting abused as a child will scar you for life, especially getting abused by your parents. This leaves you with little people you feel you can trust, and most end up keeping it bottled up inside, releasing it on others in the future. As a child therapist, I can help confused and scared kids talk their problems out, and soothe their aching hearts. I’ll help them before they turn to revenge, I’ll help them before they approach the point of no return.<br />
  7. 7. Child Abuse at a Glance<br /> Child abuse is a serious national problem involving all economic, ethnic, racial, and religious groups.<br />• Children are abused predominantly by parents, but other caregivers (babysitter) are not infrequent offenders.<br />• The major types of child abuse are physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect. Child neglect is the most frequent type of child abuse and the most lethal.<br />• If any suspicion of child abuse or neglect exists, a report should be filed with the appropriate agency. Good-faith reports are immune from prosecution. A local system for timely investigation and evaluation should be incorporated in all cases of child maltreatment.<br />• Prevention (education and counseling) is the best approach for the management of child abuse and neglect.<br />
  8. 8. It Never Has to Come to This<br />

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