Several days later, she was found dead. As horrible as this story seems, this scene happens way to often. In 1996, approximately 3,126,000 children were reported for child abuse. Currently, about 47 out of every 1,000 children are reported as victims of child abuse and maltreatment. Overall, child abuse reporting levels have increased 45% between 1987 and 1996.
Child abuse consists of any act or failure to act that endangers a child’s physical or emotional health and development. A person caring for a child is abusive if he or she fails to nurture the child, physically injures the child, or relates sexually to the child (Robins). Child abuse is broken down into four major categories: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Aside from the abuse itself, the cost of the tragic events costs the United States billions of dollars each year. Every day, approximately 4 children in the United States die resulting from child abuse and the majority are under 5-years-old (Fromm).
In 2005, an estimated 1,460 children died due to child abuse or neglect. More than 75 percent of children who were killed were younger than 4 years old. More than 40 percent of child fatalities were attributed to neglect. Physical abuse was also a major contributor to child fatalities (USDHHS, 2007). In this paper, we will discuss the different types of child abuse and neglects, Division of Family services /Treatment Approaches to child abuse and neglect, how other agency’s Approach to child abuse and neglect.
In the long run nobody seems to care enough to find a way to stop it. So how does this problem make our society dysfunctional? Simple, because nobody wants to hear about the horrible events a child went through, our general public turns their back on it and looks the other way or just plain out don’t care in the long run because it is not their child. Then we have mass media, court houses and lawyers, which finds ways to shame the victims, so that nobody wants to report the abuse that has occurred to them. In addition, our society has become desensitized to this problem, it’s no longer appalling and horrifying to everyone anymore.
They also worry that the abuser will know it was them who contacted authorities and will pursue them out of anger. Another reason that greatly contributes to the lack of reporting is the obscurity surrounding what classifies as child abuse. The definition of child abuse changes with each person due to how they themselves were raised or what society around them views as acceptable. Most people agree that severe neglect and physical abuse are detrimental to the health of the children it is inflicted on but what they believe qualifies as physical abuse varies among them. This variation leads people to not know when they should make a report so they do not make one at all.
Sexuality discrimination transpires to be one of the many forms of bullying. Various kids struggle each day because they are bullied due to their sexuality. Some people do not understand what bullying can do to a child or teenagers self-esteem. Do to bullying teenagers can develop anxiety, depression, and there could be many suicides. “Research led by Mark Hatzenbuehler showed that out of the 30,000 11th graders that he asked to take a poll there were 20 percent LGB (lesbian, gay, and bisexual) attempted suicide in the 12 months before the survey while only 4 percent of heterosexual teens had.” (Welsh) According to those statistics more LGB teenagers commit suicide as opposed to straight children.
The purpose of stress balls at that point is to make sure that those thumbs aren’t idle and to give them something to do as an alternative. Nowadays kids can fidget in a way that won't be ruinous and that won't land them in a bad position. The strategy of stress balls works in the same way and enables us to divert the part of our brain that needs to be active and engaged, while we allow our more creative side of
Firstly, since children are typically not emotionally or physically mature, they will try to avoid talking about the abuse. The second reason that they provide is that often times the child does not want to betray the person who is abusing them due to the fact that, many times, the abuser is someone close to them or even related to them. Thirdly, many times there is not enough medical evidence or reliable eye witness accounts for the police to persecute a sexual predator. Unfortunately, the child’s testimony is easy for most any defense attorney to strike down. Two more reas... ... middle of paper ... ...and Families, Children's Bureau, 2009.
It can begin as soon as conception and includes any deliberate act of violence that is meant to injure or kill a child. (Encarta 1) Over 500,000 children are physically harmed each year. In 1991, 25% of American adults admitted to being beat by a parent or a caretaker in their youth and unfortunately the numbers have increased since then. (Shepard 305) ... ... middle of paper ... ...ividual parent. In conclusion, Child abuse, without a doubt, causes permanent damage to the life of the victim.
In that same year at least 1,215 children died because of child abuse and neglect.” ( Child Abuse and Neglect ). There are several types of child abuse. The primary types are physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and neglect. Physical abuse is the most visible form of child abuse. Physical abuse can be defined as “non accidental trauma or physical injury resulting from punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning, or otherwise harming a child” (American Humane ).