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Issue 127 - March 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 1

Pointless and Exploitive 'Share if You Are Against Child Abuse' Facebook Post

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Outline
Circulating Facebook message featuring a photograph of a little girl with a badly bruised face asks users to share the picture if they are against child abuse.



Brief Analysis
The child in the photograph is Katie Ann Guttridge who was attacked by another child at her Leicester UK pre-school nursery in December 2011. Her injuries are NOT the result of child abuse. Her photograph was stolen from another source and used in this message without the permission of her family. Sharing this message will do nothing whatsoever to help prevent child abuse. The unauthorized use of the child's image and the blatant misrepresentation of her injuries is reprehensible and immoral.

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Last updated: 15th March 2012
First published: 15th March 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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Share if You Are Against Child Abuse Facebook Post

I'M NOT ASKING YOU TO LIKE , I'M JUST ASKING TO RE SHARE THIS IF YOU ARE AGAINST CHILD ABUSE . this is just unacceptable! >:/



Detailed Analysis
This would-be anti-child abuse protest message, which is circulating widely via Facebook, features a photograph of a little girl with a badly bruised face. The message asks users to share the photograph if they are against child abuse and states that such abuse is "just unacceptable".

The photograph is genuine. However, it does NOT depict a case of child abuse. In fact, Katie Ann Guttridge, the little girl in the photograph, was attacked by another child at her nursery school in Leicester, UK in December 2011. A December 22nd 2011 Daily Mail article about the case explains:
The mother of a little girl who was beaten black and blue by an 'out-of-control' two-year-old at nursery has called for the child's expulsion.

Katie Ann Guttridge, aged three, sustained a bruised eye socket, scratches and three bite marks when she was attacked by her classmate during playtime at Ratby Pre-School Nursery in Leicester.

The little girl's mother, Clara Mackow, said her daughter was almost blinded in the attack and that her injuries were so bad that she was taken to hospital with a suspected broken eye socket.
The photograph of Katie was apparently stolen from the Daily Mail article or elsewhere on the Internet and reused in this utterly pointless protest message without the permission of her family. It is similar to the horrendous sick baby hoaxes currently inundating Facebook in that it features a stolen photograph of a child and deliberately misrepresents the child's circumstances.

Of course, most people who share such messages do so in the utterly misguided but nevertheless genuine belief that they are actually doing something to help. However, the contemptible individuals who create these messages in the first place are wilfully and callously stealing photographs of sick or injured children and telling outright lies about them. And, in many cases the only motivation driving these vile pranksters seems to be the sick desire to accumulate large numbers of "likes" or "shares". Please do not play into the hands of these contemptible swine by liking or sharing their messages.

The message states that child abuse is unacceptable, which is of course perfectly true. But stealing and misusing photographs of sick or injured children in such messages is in itself abusive and exploitive of children. In fact, such behaviour is "just unacceptable!"

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References
Mother's anger as girl, three, is sent home from nursery looking like this after being beaten black and blue by a two-year-old nicknamed Chucky
Little Girl With Huge Belly Facebook Donation Hoax




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  2. Little Girl With Huge Belly Facebook Donation Hoax
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  4. BlackBerry Messenger Resend to Save Account Hoax
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