U.S Department of Health and Human Services “Child Maltreatment”
reports from 2001-2006, show that of children abused by one parent,
70.6% were abused by their mothers, whereas only 29.4% were abused by
their fathers, and of children who died at the hands of one parent,
70.8% were killed by their mothers, whereas only 29.2% were killed by
A common and seemingly reasonable response
to this is “well, women, as the primary caregivers, are exposed to
children more often, so of course the data would show them as being more
often the perpetrators of child abuse, by virtue of frequent exposure.”
However, this removes all moral responsibility from the female,
essentially citing exposure as an excuse for immoral behavior.
Exposure does not excuse immoral behavior. “Well, I work
at a bank, so of course I had to steal the money.” Adults
should be expected to exercise self-control. Whether or not the data
would be more balanced if men were more frequently exposed to the
children (which we might know, if women didn’t win custody in over 90%
of divorce proceedings, and if men weren’t still expected to be the
primary financial providers), there still remains a problem, there still
remains a victim, and there still remains a perpetrator who must be
held accountable for their actions.
Feminists won’t waste a single opportunity to point out that men more frequently perpetrate domestic violence but when you show them women commit child abuse more frequently you could hear a pin drop.