Child Abuse Essay

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Child Abuse Child abuse is any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation, or an act of failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2012a) (Olson, Defrain, & Skogrand, 2014, p. 437). Abuse can happen to anyone at any time, even children of all ages. The abuse can be given by anyone. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 1,500 children died from abuse or neglect in 2003, in the latest year for which reasonably reliable statistics are available (March 2006) (Dudley, 2008). That is four children every day and that estimated number is probably low …show more content…

Children that are abused can range from the ages of one day old to the age of 18 (Dudley, 2008). Whenever I hear or read an article about child abuse, I always picture a man hurting a child in the cruelest manners that anyone can think of. However women between the ages of 20- 39, usually their mothers, are the abusers (Dudley, 2008). According to Dudley, A 1996 study showed that nearly 80 percent of fatal maltreatment cases were attributed to women (Dudley, 2008, p. 23). Siblings may also abuse each other. The most violent person in the household may be the children (Olson, Defrain, & Skogrand, 2014). Sibling abuse can physical, emotional, or sexual of one sibling or another (Olson, Defrain, & Skogrand, 2014). All siblings argue with each other and play games with each other like doctor but there is a difference between normal sibling behavior and sibling abuse (Olson, Defrain, & Skogrand, 2014). Some signs are if one child is always the aggressor and the other the victim, one child avoids the other, a child has sleep pattern changes, the child’s eating habits change, have nightmares, acts the abuse out play, acts sexual abuse inappropriate ways, children’s roles are rigid and roughness or violence between siblings is increasing over time (Olson, Defrain, & Skogrand, …show more content…

Bills have been across many senators desks since 2006 and some have been voted down (Dudley, 2008). Monitoring is set up to watch activity during school hours (Dudley, 2008). When a sex offender is caught, he or she is imprisoned and can have psychotherapy and seek spiritual healing (Dudley, 2008). However, some people believe that child molesters should be executed (Dudley, 2008). Of course there is psychotherapy for the victim or victims as well. If the victims were abused by their parents or guardian, the victim may be placed into another home where it is safe (Dudley,

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  • Defines child abuse as any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation.
  • Explains that child abuse can happen in all types of families, most commonly low socioeconomic families.
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