LET’S STOP ABUSE TO WOMEN, CHILDREN, & ANIMALS
If I could change one thing to make the world a better place, it would be to stop all abuse. Throughout history, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse to women, children, and animals has occurred. The dictionary defines abuse as cruel and violent treatment. (www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/abuse).
I grew up in an abusive home. I watched my stepfather beat my mother and my sisters and I suffered from his physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Fortunately, we did not fall into the typical pattern of repeating the abuse to our children.
Men who are abusers have a lower IQ, more defensive, less optimistic, moody, and more authoritarian. Deep anger is the source. https://www.healthyplace.com/abuse/adult-physical-abuse/women-abuse-why-some-men-abuse-women
Ten out of 11 prison inmates who had committed violent crimes had the highest levels of testosterone. When testosterone is significantly higher in the brain anger, verbal aggressiveness, competition, dominance, and physical violence are evident. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3693622/
My solution for any sex offender or abuser is a required castration (removal of the testicles). Castration lowers the hormone testosterone which is linked to aggressive behavior. However, surgical castration is no longer used in most European countries and the United States. But, in Denmark in the 1950-1960s, 900 castrated sex offenders had only 5% repeat offenses.
Chemical castration is the preferred method today. Studies show that chemical castration with counseling from a psychologist works well with only 40% of rapists repeating their crimes. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/wellness/1992/03/17/does-castration-stop-sex-crimes/34bf63ee-840c-41e4-9c5f-5ac1bcf95b15/). This is not a good enough statistic. In addition, there is the issue that the offender needs to take the prescription (Depo-Provera) daily to lower the testosterone.
Castration does not appear to be very harsh when comparing what women and girls have suffered and sometimes died. They will carry the scars of the abuse for their entire lives. My prayer is that they will learn to love themselves, forgive the perpetrators, and help others who have suffered abuse.
Animals are one of the many precious gifts given to us. They give us joy, comfort, healing, and food source. When I was a young teenager, I had a horse named Babe. Its previous owner stabbed it with a pitchfork. Babe did not let any male get near him but accepted my sisters and me. When my stepfather tried to ride Babe he reared up, bared his teeth, and kept turning in circles. A week later I learned that my stepfather sold my beloved horse to a dog food factory. It broke my heart.
When I read what they do to innocent animals for cockfights, greyhound dog races, horse racing, and bullfighting I protest the cruelty. I refuse to eat veal because they confine the calf. I only eat free-range chickens or other poultry, beef, buffalo, and pork.
When I see heads of animals mounted on walls, I am repulsed. If humans were the prey, would they enjoy having their heads mounted or bodies stuffed?
Research has shown that people who have been cruel to animals are five times more likely to be cruel to humans. It is a form of power and control that children might witness and also develop the same behaviors. To break the cycle is a challenge.
For those who are cruel to animals, I suggest the same treatment: locked in small cages, held by bars, spears between their shoulder blades, starved or denied water or shelter.
St. Francis of Assisi is a saint for animals. We need to follow his example of love, caring, gentleness, and compassion for animals.
There is no simple solution to abuse. As a society, we need funding for family counseling, mental health counseling more available, reach out with support and guidance for those being abused, and continue the discussion and research into the viability of castration for repeat offenders.
The world will never be a perfect place. But if we lived by the Golden Rule, it would be a more peaceful, happier, and harmonious place to live.
~ RWISA Author, Karen Ingalls
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