My dad is a member of the Children's Panel in the UK. They make decisions regarding abused and/or troubled children, so he sees horror stories beyond imagining nearly every week. Since he is in contact with the kids who get abused, news like this just breaks him.
Let me just say that I'm very impressed by his work. He has to be extremely strong to engage with that kind of thing on a regular basis.
Since we seem to be focused on the shutdown, a friend of mine on Facebook posted an excellent quote on the subject:
“Think about the precedent. What’s next? What if the Democratic extreme said, ‘Well we’re not going to sign a budget unless you do away with assault weapons?’ What if we’re not going to have a budget unless 20 people around here decide that everybody under the age of 40 should wear a tin hat around? This is not the way you govern a great country.”