Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More on the FLDS Case

What concerns me for the children in the FLDS case is that the state government is probably further traumatizing them in their handling of the cases. The mothers referred to children being horrified by physical exams, which concerns me that people are committing sexual assault or trauma in their pursuit of evidence (the collection of rape evidence or medical exams can be in itself traumatic). It also seems that these children are being warehoused rather than provided with foster care or nurturing care. Mothers of babies complained that they were denied water. These children need to be nurtured and provided a loving environment that is as stable as possible. It is traumatic for children to be taken from their parents, even when it's in their best interest.

I don't have much sympathy for anyone who voluntarily put their children into this situation and who allowed their daughters to become child brides without fighting to get out. Many parents apparently allowed their young girls to be taken to the compound without becoming members themselves. And FLDS has a record of kicking out boys, young men, and sometimes adult men for minor offenses. They have to in order to maintain a high ratio of women (or girls) to men. My guess is that they don't do the same to girls, kicking them out for minor offenses. Instead they apparently beat the hell out of them.

How could you people do this to your children?

The state of Texas did act appropriately in allowing the mothers to go to a women's shelter if they wished, but only a few chose to do so. I wonder if those women will have a better chance of getting their children back.

What happened to the young girl who called? That's what I want to know.

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