[quote author=stephanie link=topic=145454.msg3132244#msg3132244 date=1242775151]
i never cared much for kids... until my niece came around. now it just makes me rage when i hear about people abusing a child.
I've always cared for/liked kids. A lot of the kids my parents had (who were old enough) would come to me before they went to them. I have known about abuse as a child through the work my parents were doing. Although I never was exposed directly to abusive situations, the after-effects of the kids who lived with us were not only noticed, but having kids who were abused around, I learned early on that getting angry would not be the best thing..
As far as rage, that would be quite normal, but it won't do much good if you understand the bond between the parent and child (abuser and victim) is quite strong. Many kids who have been abused by their parents do not want to be separated from them due to that tight bond. They are as traumatized by the separation as the actual abuse. Some of them actually return to the parents once they become old enough to make their own decisions. You can say the parents should not be parents till you are blue in the face, the kid will not have that or see it that way.
Abuse is not limited to parents. I have had to cover classrooms where the teacher was the abuser and a student was a victim and once a teacher was the abuser and another child was a victim. A couple years ago, I covered a class where the male teacher was absent for some reason and I found he was scheduled in court for a child molestation charge. The kids in the class were asking what happened to the teacher and was expecting the truth, which at the time, I hadn't looked it up yet. When I found out, I was in a tricky position of not only informing the principal, but answering the kids questions when the teacher was going to be back. Another case I was in was a few months later a female teacher (4th grade, like the male teacher) was put on leave, and one of her students was the subject of her sexual antics.
Getting pissed off never did me any good.