Equal Pay Day vs. Equal Occupational Fatality Day

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Kindestötungen und Mißhandlungen nach Geschlecht

Ein interessanter Artikel stellt etwas zu Kindertötungen und Mißhandlungen dar:

 

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Shown below is an analysis of data drawn from the „Child abuse and neglect“ and the „Child fatality“ tables from each of the DHHS‘ „Child Maltreatment“ reports between 2001 and 2006.

The DHHS calculates the percentages of perpetrators in various categories such as Mother, Father, Foster Parent, Daycare Staff, Friend or Neighbor, etc. The percentages are often used to argue whether, on average, it is fathers or mothers that pose a greater risk of harm to their children. But when trying to determine which parent, on average poses the greater danger, categories like Foster Parent, Daycare Staff, Friend or Neighbor, etc. are entirely irrelevant. The calculations below factor out those categories to produce a more accurate picture. The resulting calculations show the percentage of child abuse and deaths caused by one parent acting either alone or in concert with someone other than the child’s other parent.

The DHHS data shows that of children abused by one parent between 2001 and 2006, 70.6% were abused by their mothers, whereas only 29.4% were abused by their fathers.

And of children who died at the hands of one parent between 2001 and 2006, 70.8% were killed by their mothers, whereas only 29.2% were killed by their fathers.

Furthermore, contrary to media portrayals that leave the viewer with the impression that only girls are ever harmed, boys constituted fully 60% of child fatalities. (Table 4-3, p. 71, Child Maltreatment 2006, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm06/cm06.pdf, reports that 675 boys died in 2006 as compared to 454 girls).

The pervasive media bias cannot help but influence judges. Thus the newspapers, TV shows, and movies that promote this bias must bear a significant part of the responsibility for child abuse and deaths of children at the hands of violent mothers.

Es werden da noch genauere Daten dargestellt. Es bedeutet natürlich nicht, dass Kinder bei Frauen in Gefahr sind, denn die allerwenigsten Frauen begehen Gewalt gegen Kinder, genauso wie auch ansonsten die meisten Menschen keine Gewalt begehen.

Aber leider ist man ja schon deswegen an solchen Zahlen interessiert, weil man sie in der nächsten Debatte um toxische Männlichkeit vielleicht ganz gut gebrauchen kann.