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"Why" -Rascal Flatts Music Video

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Published on Feb 25, 2011

This story starts with a guardian angel watching the death of another child to child abuse. As he stands in a somber silence, he thinks back to the day at the hospital when he died. Then it goes to a guilt ridden teacher who remembers the day she saw the little girl's signs of abuse. At the end the two children run off to heaven, and the teacher sits mourning at the child's grave.
I made this video to portray what can happen when child abuse goes ignored.
Through out the video real life examples are used.

There is indeed so much more to this than teachers not reporting child abuse when it is their moral and legal obligation to do so.

We do not have enough social workers to address this problem as it currently exists. The case loads of social workers are way beyond manageable. In the USA alone, I understand that social (case) workers on average must juggle more than a hundred cases at any given time. Yes, we need more social workers. But the problem of child abuse will never be resolved by being solely reactionary.

We must be proactive. We must invest in programs that provide parenting skills to parents before they become parents; and then we must offer ongoing resources for those parents as the children grow up. We must invest in school programs that provide parenting classes to adolescents, our future parents.

We have instead cut school and social services budgets to the bone. These cuts are extremely shortsighted. They will have long-term consequences; consequences that I believe will seriously impede the ability of our future generations to contribute to society in a meaningful way.

There must be a shift in the way we look at child abuse. If we don't address the root cause, and then deliver the necessary support to parents and children alike, the problem WILL only get worse. More and more children will be abused, and more and more abused children will be ignored. Prevention is the only way to deal with this cycle.

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