Child Abuse and Neglect In the USA, an estimated 906,000 children are victims of abuse & neglect every year, making child abuse as common as it is shocking. Whether the abuse is physical, emotional, sexual, or neglect, the scars can be deep and long lasting, often leading to future child abuse. We can learn the signs and symptoms of child abuse and help break the cycle, finding out where to get help for the children and their caregivers. How could anyone abuse a defenseless child? Most of us cannot imagine what would make an adult abuse a child. The worse the behavior is, the more unimaginable it seems. Yet sadly, child abuse is much more common then we might think. Child abuse cuts across social classes and all ethnicities. In addition, the abuse overwhelmingly is at the hands of those who are supposed to be protecting the child- the parents. In the case of Shaniya Davis, a 5 year old that was raped and murdered in North Carolina last month, her mother sold her into prostitution, to pay for drugs. This beautiful, innocent little girl should not have died in this manner. I really believe that there were some signs that her mother was unfit. I wished that someone had the courage to report something, anything; maybe she would be alive today. Mario McNeill was charged with rape and murder. He should be given the death penalty, but then he will not suffer enough for his crimes. In addition, the mother needs to be in jail for the rest of her miserable life, but this is only my personal opinion. Child abuse happens in many different ways, but the result is the same-serious physical or emotional harm. Physical or sexual abuse may be the most striking types of abuse, since they often unfortunately leave physical evidence behind, as with Shaniya Davis, her body was found near a pile of trash. However, emotional abuse and neglect are serious types of child abuse that are often more subtle and difficult to spot. Child neglect is the most common type of child abuse. How can child abuse happen and to children living with a parent. There are many complicated factors that lead to child abuse. Unfortunately, the patterns we learn in childhood are often what we use as parents. Without treatment and insight, sadly, the cycle of child abuse often continues. Parenting can be a very time intensive, difficult job. Parents caring for children without support from family, friends or the community can be under a lot of stress. Younger parents often struggle with the maturity and patience needed to be a parent. Caregivers who are under financial or relationship stress are at risk as well. In this case, alcohol and drug abuse played an important part with the outcome. Alcohol and drug abuse lead to serious lapses in judgment. They can interfere with impulse control making emotional and physical abuse more likely. Due to impairment caused by being intoxicated, alcohol and drug abuse frequently lead to child neglect. The lasting effects of child abuse, all types of child abuse and neglect leave lasting scars. Some of these scars might be physical, but emotional scarring has long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a child’s sense of self and ability to have healthy relationships. We can make a difference; one of the most painful effects of child abuse is its tendency to repeat itself. One of every three abused or neglected children will grow up to become an abusive parent. Maybe as time goes on the trial may spotlight that Shania’s mother was a product of child abuse herself. We may be reluctant to interfere in someone’s family, but you can make a huge difference in a child’s life if you do. The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal from their abuse and not perpetuate the cycle, and sometimes save their lives (Waldfogel, & Maluccio, 1998). Sexual abuse, defined as any sexual act between an adult and a child, has components of both physical and emotional abuse. Sexual abuse can be physical, such as
Thesis: "Most parents and other caregivers do not intend to hurt their children, but abuse is defined by the effect on the child, not the motivation of the parents or caregiver." Child abuse is a very large problem in the world. People need to realize the types, the cause, and how to prevent child abuse.
II. What causes Child abuse
According to the Child abuse council of Santa Clara County there are several types of child abuse; Physical, Emotional and Sexual. Many cases of child abuse aren’t deliberate acts of violence committed by violent, uncaring parents--rather, child abuse often happens in an instant of unthinking frustration and anger (Child abuse can cause…). There are many different type of child abuse, each type of child abuse comes with its own list of causes and effects some similar.
Understanding Child Abuse
Children of all ages are frequently abused in our community. This may be neglect, physical or mental abuse. According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, “Every year approximately 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving nearly 6 million children were made to local child protective service (CPS) agencies.” The sad truth is every 13 seconds a child is abused by a parent or someone close. According to the National Committee…
I am 100% against child abuse, and people that abuse their children in any way. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, physical abuse, psychological/emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Parents, adults, caregivers, or whoever the person may be that are abusing children in any way possible are more likely to have been abused themselves in some way as children. This still does not give anyone the right to continue the horrible act of abuse on innocent children. My way of…
Pennebaker and Gosling
6 December 2013
One of the most highly debated, controversial, and talked about issues not just in the United States, but in the entire world is that of child abuse. Child abuse is described as “the behavior that causes significant harm to a child” (Stalker, 35). This harm that is done to the child can be sexual, physical, psychological, or emotional. Child abuse is also described as “the series of acts of omission by a parent or caregiver…
Child abuse is a worldwide problem affecting children from birth to 18 years of age. Child abuse can be defined as the bad treatment of a child by a parent, caretaker, or someone who works with or around children. This topic is important to research because this researcher believes that everyone should be educated on the signs and different types of child abuse. It is valuable to society because parents need to learn to cherish and love their children instead of abusing them. Child…
yelling and hitting a child is used as a punishment, then how do you know when you’ve gone too far? Every time a child is hit, it makes the child even more eligible to become tomorrow’s criminal. With every scream, every put down, every hit and every inappropriate touch, the child is more likely to have a less successful life as an adult. This is child abuse and it’s staring us in the face as a problem we can lessen just by paying attention to it.
The definition of child abuse might vary for person…
Baby Brianna was only 6 months old when she died by the hands of her own family. Her father and uncle beat and raped her during the short 6 months of her life. There were bite marks from her own mothers’ teeth, and her body was covered in bruises and scars from head to toe. More of her body was damaged than the area that was healthy. Her skull was fractured in several places and the wounds were old and new, which meant the beating had been going on throughout her whole life…
1. Child abuse is more than bruises or broken bones. Not all child abuse is as obvious. Ignoring children’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, or making a child feel worthless or stupid are also forms of child abuse. Regardless of the type of child abuse, the result is serious emotional harm.
2. Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving nearly…
Child Abuse Regulations
“Mommy, please stop!” Might be the phrase neighbors hear but ignore by turning up the TV to mute the child’s cry. Child abuse is a serious issue; it often occurs when the parent or caregiver physically, mentally or sexually abuses a child. There are some government and state laws that protect children against abuse, but parents are still allowed to discipline their children as they see fit. Because regulations are not followed through, victims of abuse feel powerless…