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Child Abuse in A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

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In American society today we fail to address several issues that need to be addressed. Unfortunately, child abuse is one of the major issues that our country is plagued with, yet we neglect to bring this to the attention of the entire nation. It is often over looked because everyone has a different view of what exactly defines child abuse. The International Child Abuse Network (ICAN) uses four basis categories to docunment the child abuse cases. They are: emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. I will be describing the first three.

Emotional Abuse, (also known as: Verbal abuse, mental abuse, and psychological cruelty) includes acts or the failures to act by parents or caretakers that have caused or could cause serious behavioral, cognitive, emotional or mental disorders. This can include parents and/or caretakers using extreme or bizarre forms of punishment, such as the child being confined in a closet or dark room, being tied to a chair for long periods of time, or threatening or terrorizing a young mind. Less severe acts, but no less damaging is overly negative criticism or rejecting treatment, using degrading terms to describe the child, constant victimizing or blaming the child for situations.

Neglect (the failure to provide for the child?s basic needs) can be physical, educational, or emotional. Physical neglect can include not providing adequate food, clothing, appropriate medical care, supervision, or proper weather protection (heating or coats) to the child. Educational neglect can include failure to provide appropriate schooling or special educational needs, allowing excessive truancies, to the child. Psychological neglect is the lack of any emotional support and love, never attending to the child, spousal abuse, or drug and alcohol abuse including allowing the child to participate in drug and alcohol use.

Physical abuse is to cause or inflict physical injury upon the child. This may include, burning, hitting, punching, shaking, kicking, beating, or otherwise harming a child. The parent or caretaker may claim not to have intended to hurt the child, that the injury was an accident. It may have however, been the result of over-disciplines or physical punishment that is inappropriate to the child?s age.

In 1998 NCANDS (National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System) calculated the Fatalities by Maltreatment, Child Abuse...

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Year Published: 2004

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that american society neglects to address child abuse, which is one of the major issues that our country is plagued with. the international child abuse network (ican) uses four basis categories to docun
  • Explains that emotional abuse includes acts or the failures to act by parents or caretakers that have caused or could cause serious behavioral, cognitive, emotional or mental disorders. less severe acts are overly negative criticism or rejecting treatment.
  • Explains that neglect can be physical, educational, or emotional. it can include not providing adequate food, clothing, medical care, supervision, and weather protection to the child.
  • Explains that physical abuse is to cause or inflict physical injury upon a child. the parent or caretaker may claim not to have intended to hurt the child, that the injury was an accident.
  • Explains that ncands calculated the fatalities by maltreatment, child abuse and neglect in 1998, which included 421 physical abuse fatalities, 375 neglect and medical neglect deaths, and 10 deaths that could not be classified.
  • Argues that society has as much responsibility in contributing to child abuse as the person that is actually committing the act of abuse.
  • Narrates the story of a young boy named david pelzer who must triumph over the horrendous abuse inflicted by his mother. the excessive use of alcohol plays an important role in the abuse.
  • Explains that dave was starved and endured many beatings for accepting food, and cruel and unusual punishments were used to extract the food from his almost lifeless body.
  • Explains that the outside world does nothing to help this suffering, small child with obvious signs of mistreatment. the mask his mother used to cover up the constant cruelty was most effective.
  • Analyzes how david pelzer was kept from society and denied the simple loves of life. the world knew that a little boy could never be as horrible as his mother described him to be.
  • Opines that david pelzer is the most courageous person that they have never read about. there are worse cases, but they could never imagine it.
  • Explains that pelzer, david j.a child called "it": one child's courage to survivepub.
  • States that the us bureau of the census estimates the population of states by age, sex, race & hispanic origin from 1990 to 1999.
  • Cites the american association for protecting children (aapc) and ogintz, e. the littlest victim.
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