Child Abuse Rises During Deployments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina uncovered evidence that child neglect rises substantially in families where on member has been deployed to serve in Iraq. They concluded child neglect was 42% higher when one spouse was absent fighting in Iraq than when both were home. Mothers were three times more likely to neglect a child when her husband was absent overseas.

The study is simply one additional outcome of Bush’s crazy war in Iraq. We continually uncover evidence of post traumatic stress among those fighting and now we have evidence of how an absent spouse can lead the mother to neglect children or become depressed. I suspect none of this is of any concern to the Bush/Cheney team. Most probably, Dick Cheney would regard this information as evidence of weaknesses among spouses.