Child Abuse In A Child Called It By Dave Pelzer

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Abuse comes in various forms like physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and neglect. People of all ages are at risk for experiencing some type of abuse or neglect. In the book, A Child Called “It” written by Dave Pelzer, the author shares the horrific experience he lived as a child until he was rescued. Dave Pelzer was tortured, mentally abused, and starved as a young child. The abuser was someone whom Dave Pelzer had a tremendous amount of love for at one time. In the following narrative, various types of abuse that Dave Pelzer was put through by his own mother will be discussed. Physical Abuse Child abuse has many definitions. “Physical abuse of children refers to nonaccidental injury inflicted by a care giver” (Crosson-Tower, 2008, p. 96). There is a problem with this definition though. Physical abuse is not only inflicted by caregivers. “The medical community sees abused children by virtue of the bruises, welts, broken bones, burns they present in a hospital of other medical setting” (Crosson-Tower, 2008, p. 96). And finally, “the legal community, including the police,…show more content…
There is nothing you can do to impress me! Do you understand me? You are a nobody! An it! You are nonexistent! You are a bastard child! I hate you and I wish you were dead! Dead! Do you hear me? Dead!” (Pelzer, 1995, p. 140). What powerful and hurtful words to say to a child, or to anyone of any age. This is a perfect example of psychological abuse. These words do not just go in through one ear and come out through the other, they tend to hurt, and stick for a very long time. According to the text book, psychological maltreatment includes, “rejecting, isolating, terrorizing, ignoring, and corrupting” (Crosson-Tower, 2008, p. 216). Dave Pelzer fell victim to each one of these types of psychological maltreatment. From when the abuse began, until his rescue, Dave’s mother rejected him in many
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