The verdict is in for Casey Anthony. Not guilty. Contrary to what most people think, this does not mean innocent. But, this is our criminal justice system. We must turn our attention to the bigger picture. What lessons can be learned?
The truth is that this case can be a lesson for all of us and a catalyst for change. After all without awareness there cannot be change. And, this case has drawn loads of awareness. So, some facts:
Child abuse, child trafficking and child neglect are everywhere. In the United States alone the figures are enormous.
FIVE children die every day as the result of child abuse.
It is estimated that over 65% of child fatalities due to abuse are not recorded as such on death certificates.
More than 40% of women in prison were abused as children.
Children who have been abused are more than 60% more likely to be arrested as adults.
These are sobering facts and apply only to the United States. The numbers are even higher in many other countries.
In many cases of child murder the family has turned their attention, energy and passion to evoke change. In this case the family of Casey Anthony has baggage beyond belief. Will Cindy and George Anthony be able to make child abuse and neglect their platform? Better question, can Casey Anthony do the same?
I believe that change is possible. I always urge my clients to make changes and actually do the work. Best place to start for any criminal defendant- COMMUNITY SERVICE. I doubt that Anthony will be ordered to perform community service, but it would be the best result for everyone involved. For now let’s shine the light and STOP child abuse. There is no excuse. Especially in America.
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