River Edge, NJ (PRWEB) November 02, 2012
A new contemporary novel, Vindicating Vicky, raises issues about sensitive topics such as child-abuse and morality, which also gives rise to the question of how child rape should be treated in court. Should child rape be a capital crime? What kind of sentencing should child rapists receive? Wherever one stands on the issues, it can be agreed that child abuse of any kind is a most serious and heinous matter that requires our utmost attention.
According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Systems, an estimated 9.3 percent of confirmed or substantiated child abuse and neglect cases in 2005 involved sexual abuse. This figure translates into over 83,800 victims in 2005 alone (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007). Other studies suggest that even more children suffer abuse and neglect than is ever reported to child protective services agencies.
In Knight’s novel, Vicky, the main character, is abused as a child and the resulting trauma plays out in her journey into adulthood. This contemporary, fictional tale raises awareness not only about the abuse, but also of how a person may attempt to pick up the pieces and struggle to find a way to live their lives after having gone through the horrors of such an emotional and physical experience.
“The innocent parents of the rape victim, and other parents, may feel unique emotional harm from the sexual violation of children. Precisely because children are innocent and defenseless, adults feel special affection and solicitude and responsibility toward them. We are to protect them, so any exploitation – especially sexual exploitation – outrages that trust. Denouncing and punishing that violation in the strongest possible terms repudiates the breach to trust and tries to repair it. It is all we can do to vindicate the wounded, suffering victim. Hence the father’s natural impulse to kill the rapists of his ten-year old daughter, and the jury’s willingness to acquit him by reason of insanity, in “A Time to Kill”.
In December 2010, Congress passed the re-authorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) which authorizes federal funding to states in support of prevention assessment, investigation and treatment activities. You can make a difference too! Check out the American Humane Association’s legislature agenda and write to your member of congress to let him or her know that these issues matter to you. To perhaps understand more about the psyche and possible after-effect of a child abuse victim, and gain a greater insight of the issue check out Ron Knight’s novel, Vindicating Vicky.