Why is this not an issue that gets much attention except when the truly graphic and neglectful state failures such as the one that just ocurred in NY surface?
I would imagine that it doesn't get a lot of attention as it's a kill-joy to report. If they reported every case like this, or at least gave it more attention than a small snippet in a newspaper, people would throw up their arms at the "bad news" that is occuring and look for more positive media outlets, at least, that's probably what a lot of editors and producers fear. You can't have a big report on it and then have the co-anchors schmooze about it and joke around. On top of that, this is one of those things that in all reality, there is little you can do about it. A lot of it is decided through the courts, so any outrage and that kind of thing mellows away as it comes out that the abusers have low IQs, are foreign citizens, or are given jail terms. Most people probably have their own crude form of justice that they believe would suffice, but in reality, a system dealing with this already takes over.
What can be done to help lower this rate and protect our nation's children?
The number of social workers is dreadfully small and they have unbelievable case loads. It's amazing that many people are pro-life in utero, but as soon as the child is born, any and all funding to protect life somehow evaporates in favor of tax returns and "less government"
They also need to re-think how investigations occur as right now, you may report suspected abuse or that kidn of thing, it's quite another for the state to actually have someone carry through with it.
Do you feel that the American philosophy of freedom and privacy hinders our ability to properly protect children in this country?
It's amazing how bad parents try and use that to shield any oversite of their poor parenting. "You can't tell me how to raise my kids!" or "In my day, we were all abused!" are common comments that my wife, who is a counselor, hears almost daily. It's also a form of rationalizing the abuse and an opportunity for poor parents to not owe up to what they've done to kids. I commented earlier on the lack of interest state wise in regards to looking into leads, I think the privacy thing is a major factor as the attitude seems to be: "Don't do anything unless it makes the media or embarrasses the agency."