Abuse of Children

ON THE south side of Alice Springs, a Thursday afternoon, five adults are gathered around a sedan at the entrance to the showgrounds. A man king-hits a woman and she goes down, hard. She is helped up, then carefully lined up and smashed again, in the face. She’s so drunk she has no hope of defending the punch. She goes down again.

Sitting on the window ledge of the car, watching, is a child. This is what she thinks is normal: incoherent adults enacting the brutal afternoon rituals of total alcohol dysfunction, as desensitised locals drive by with barely a glance.

via The fight to protect indigenous children from abuse and neglect

One comment

  1. ianscyberspace · May 29

    Unfortunately that is not confined to the indigenous community and it is becoming a nightly news item somewhere in our world. We seem to be losing all moral principles and our courts give a slap on the wrist and release those criminals to abuse again. Imagine what the next generation will think is normal behaviour.

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