Child Abuse and Neglect

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“Child Abuse”

Child abuse is a very serious and controversial issue that is escalating in today’s

society. As we look back to the 1940’s and 1950’s, it was almost unheard of to let

anyone outside of your immediate family know anything about your personal life. Every

family was thought to be, or shown to the general public to be, the “perfect family”.

Some schools had the authority to punish a child by either spanking them with a paddle

or hitting their knuckles with a ruler. Child abuse is one of the leading causes of

childhood deaths in this nation. Statistics show “every 4 seconds a child is abused and

every 7 minutes a child's life is lost” (Neglect 1).

We as a society need to work together to try to think of alternative ways of

disciplining our children. A child is a gift from God and should be treated as such. I do

understand that with the hectic life styles of today’s society, sometimes it just seems like

life is a struggle and just too much. Spanking a child as corrective action is one thing, but

beating a child, ripping his or her hair out, locking him or her in a closet, or verbally

abusing a child is unacceptable. One solution we can consider is...

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