Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Letter to the Editor

The following letter was forwarded to me by a colleague. The writer of the letter raises some interesting points in response to a previous article- GRK

CAROL Ford laments the increase in violence, specifically against women at the Summernats. She's sure it has something to do with toys parents buy for kids. The facts are that the Family Court has ensured that boys have been raised by women for 35 years.

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare research shows that single mothers perpetrate 40 per cent of all child abuse compared with 5 per cent by single fathers. Most of the abuse is against boys.

Additionally, women kill more children under the age of 11 than men. In fact, if a baby under one dies, it is 86 per cent likely the mother killed it. And you guessed it, most murdered babies are boys.

We have also known for 35 years that the less time a child spends with its father the more likely it will be involved in drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and the courts. So these males have been abused by women all their lives but Carol expects them to be nice to their abusers.

Phil McLuskey, Venezia St, Woree. Letter to the editor, Cairns Post, 7/2/2008

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