Hey guys, did you know have outdated information in school textbooks is "the worst form of child abuse known!" ???
LOL, that's what someone on facebook posted.
I set her straight. Nicely and clearly, and in the end she agreed that she had misspoken.
I didn't tell her that despite her apology, I still think she's an idiot for saying something that dumb in the first place.
People seem to forget that no matter how worthy their own causes, exaggerating the issue like that is demeaning for people to whom child abuse is not just an abstract term.
"As long as the child within is not allowed to become aware of what happened to him or her, a part of his or her emotional life will remain frozen . . . all appeals to love, solidarity, and compassion will be useless."
-- Alice Miller