Pointless and Exploitive 'Share if You Are Against Child Abuse' Facebook Post
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.
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.
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.
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!'
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! >:/
Last updated: August 21, 2015
First published: 15th March 2012
By Brett M. Christensen
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