Native American children were removed from their homes on reservations for alleged maltreatment and thus placing them in adoptive Caucasian homes (Martin, 2007). Although many of them were truly removed for maltreatment, 99% of the children were removed because social workers believed that the children were victims of social deprivation do to the extreme poverty common on most Indian reservations (Martin, 2007). These acts on behalf of the child
(Atkinson) The definition of ‘neglected’ was inconsistent across states. In practice is appears that ‘neglecting’ a child could be deemed based on the fact that the child was of Indigenous heritage. (Stolen Generations’ Testimonials foundation) The state-based forms of care included: Government and Church run institution, foster care and juvenile detention centres. (Atkinson) While some children reported having positive out of home care experiences the majority of the Stolen generation reported a great deal of suffering, emotional, physical, sexual abuse and most horrifically the denial of their true identity and culture. (Atkinson, Briskman, NSW department of community services) Many Indigenous people are still suffering from social and emotional loss from having
Sociology is playing an important role in the alarming health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Although statistics are slowly improving, currently Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people endure much poorer health outcomes than non-Indigenous Australians. For the 2005–2007 period, life expectancy at birth was estimated to be 67 years for Indigenous males and 73 years for Indigenous females, representing gaps of 11.5 and 9.7 years, respectively, compared with all Australians. In 2008, almost one-third of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (aged 16–24 years) had high or very high levels of psychological distress. Indigenous young people died at a rate 2.5 times as high as that for non-Indigenous young people Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0–14 years died at more than twice the rate of non-Indigenous children.
In addition, family breakdown is a potential issue for violence. The Australian Human Rights Commission (2012) pointed out that 35% of young people cannot bear violence; they suffer from physical health problems and psychological health problems. Imperfect or complex family relationships and domestic violence leads to young people become
Racism complaints have rocketed in the past 5 years and more than 1 in 20 Australians have confessed to being physically assaulted due to their race. Research has shown that there are an array of negative outcomes that result from or are linked to victims of racism; these include, poor mental, physical and psychological health, poor productivity, reduced life expectancy and employment as well as educational disadvantage. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people are generally more exposed to and are victims of racism in Australia. The majority of Indigenous Australians have been effected by some form discrimination due to their race or colour. Racism towards Indigenous Australians is often increased due to the negative portrayals that the media often presents.
During World War II and for many years after it, Aboriginal people continued to be oppressed and exploited. The climate of rebellion that developed in the 1960s was increasingly felt in movements against racism. In many parts of the world, oppressed people, such as black people in America, were becoming more determined to expose and challenge discrimination, racism, and injustice. Although many problems have continued to exist, enormous gains were made in the struggle for Aboriginal Australian rights from the 1960s to the 1990s. Although it seems unlikely to happen in this day and age, in the twentieth century, Australia had its own government policies which would allow, or even promote, discrimination against the Aboriginal Australians.
(Homelessness in Australia, Factsheet: General Overview) (2011). Homelessness remains a particular problem among Australia's Indigenous people, who are over represented in their use of homeless services in all states and territories (Which Way Home? 2008: 20). In 2008 the Rudd Government set itself an ambitious target to ‘halve homelessness by 2020 and offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it’. (The Road Home 2008) It agreed to provide $6.1 Billion over 5 years from 2008-2009 on measures including social housing, assistance to people in the private rental market, support and accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and assistance with home purchasing.
Welfare Is Killing Indigenous Australians As part of 'the gat' program (group of Australian organisations working together to achieve health and life expectation equality for Australia's Indigenous people) welfare was first introduced to Indigenous people in 1959. Since, it has only caused further problems to the livelihood of these traditional land societies particularly vulnerable to these funds. Little progress has been made in fixing the dire conditions on Indigenous lands, where approximately 75,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders languish on welfare. This is where Indigenous dysfunction; literacy, poor health, alcohol and drug abuse, and violence is concentrated. Welfare essentially prevents indigenous people from seeking jobs
Crim 135 MWF 12pm-12:50pm Dr. Hughes Sex offenders are a statewide problem that keeps growing in the united state alone there are over 92,000 registered sex offenders. With sex offenders on the rise, residency restriction are beginning to tighten making it almost impossible for registered offenders to get their lives back on track. Some states have gone as far as banning registered offenders from 500-25,00 feel near places where kids are know to hangout. Although residency restrictions gives victims and their families a hard piece of mind. They make it almost impossible for offenders to get a fresh start.
Chavez 1 Jaheidy Chavez Mr. Ortiz English / Period 4 November 3, 2011 IMMIGRATION AND DEPORTATION Many families have been separated and torn apart; a lot of kids are left behind in the U.S because of this matter. Immigration has become a real issue and needs to get fixed. Throughout the years immigration has caused a lot of problems. “Two years after an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws failed in congress, Latino leaders have revitalized the effort-positioning children who were left behind when their parents were deported as the new face of movement”. (www.articles.latimes.com) This is a very upsetting cause.