Child Abuse Essay

Submitted By knycole87
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Abstract This paper is going to explore the types of child abuse there are in our society today. Child abuse happens to fall into four categories which are neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional/ Psychological abuse. I am telling you the mere fact s on each four of these categories and expressing the warning signs to catch onto when a child is being abused under any of these four categories and finally in conclusion I state that I want individuals to stand up for the innocence of the young children being abused in society today.

CHILD ABUSE Did you know that a new case of child abuse is reported almost every 15 seconds? You must also know that when we are faced with the problems of the world today we find that child abuse is among those interesting topics of speech. Therefore, what is child abuse? Child abuse happens to be one of the worlds’s most talked about topics today. Child is just more than bruises and broken bones. There are several types of child abuse such as, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional/ Psychological Abuse, Medical Neglect and other forms of abuse. When you talk about the other forms of abuse it is recognized that these account for all abandonment cases, all threats to harm the child, all congenital drug addiction, and many others that do not fall under a specific category in the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). However, even though there are so many types of abuse I am only going to touch on four that I feel are the ones that are happening most in the society today, which happen to be Neglect, Physical, Emotional/Psychological, and Sexual abuse. I am going to talk about the warning signs for each of these categories of abuse. What is neglect? Neglect is one of the most frequent reported forms of child abuse which is known for 63% of all cases and happens to be the most lethal. Neglect happens to be the failure to provide for shelter, safety, supervision, and nutritional needs of a child. Child neglect may also be part of these three factors physical, educational, or emotional. When we see anyone who has been physically neglected we see the refusal or delay in seeking health care, abandonment, inadequate supervision, expulsion from the home or just plan refusal to allow a runaway to return home. In the case of dealing with someone who has been educationally neglected we see an allowance of chronic truancy, failure to enroll a child of mandatory school age into school, and a failure to attend to a special educational need. And finally when a child is emotionally neglected you see an increased mark of inattention to a child’s need for affection, a refusal of or failure to provide the needed psychological care, when the child sees spousal abuse or even parental substance abuse in the child’s presence, and finally allowing a child to use alcohol or drugs in your presence. When a child is being neglected these are the signs that you need to watch out for is when a child is frequently absent from school, when child begs or steals food or money, lacks the needed medical, dental care, immunizations or glasses, when child is constantly dirty and has a severe body odor, when the child lacks sufficient clothing for the weather, when the child abuses alcohol or drugs and finally states that there is no one at home to provide care. What is physical abuse? Physical abuse has to do with involving harm or injury to a child, and may be a deliberate attempt to hurt the child, but that is not always the case. Physical abuse can also be a result form severe discipline, such as using a belt on a child or using physical punishment that is inappropriate for the child’s age or physical condition. There are many parents that believe that their actions towards their child are simply forms of discipline but they are wrong because when they abuse their child they are only teaching the child to live in complete fear. In physical abuse these three common elements are