Do you agree that if 1 parent is abusing the child ..

Kyleigh - posted on 07/01/2011 ( 208 moms have responded )

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Do you agree that if 1 parent is abusing the child and the other parent in the home knows it that PARENT is just as guilty for child abuse?! i agree!

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Jenni - posted on 07/01/2011

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Oh and you can't use the 'I'm a victim too'. That just doesn't cut it in a court of law. You're an adult and will be held accountable for your actions.

Let's use this classic example that I've seen in news stories plenty of times:

A mother's new boyfriend is abusive towards her and her child. She is aware he is beating her child but does not remove the child from the situation. He takes it too far one night and beats her child to death. She WILL be charged with criminal negligence and possibly manslaughter. The judge and jury are probably not going to accept the 'Oh I was a victim too...' because she is an adult and is therefore accountable for her own actions.



'I'm a victim' doesn't excuse unlawful activities.

Bethany - posted on 07/01/2011

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Its child abuse no matter what the situation is. If the non abusive parent keeps the child in that situation whether they themselves are getting abused or not is child abuse. A mother can lose her children if she is the victim of abuse and not the children because the children even being witnesses is child abuse.

Sarah - posted on 07/01/2011

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I think you have to look deeper and make sure the second person is not being abused by the first as well. Being in a relationship with an abusive partner has it's own set of problems and issues. If there is no abuse between the adults, then yes, they are just as guilty.

Tamara - posted on 07/01/2011

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Yes they are just as guilty, if not more they are condoning it and not doing their job to protect the child.

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