How Therapy Can Help Victims of Child Abuse

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"We knew [abuse of] black kids was reported about twice as often as it was for white kids, and we were concerned that that might be due to racism. We also knew black kids, in terms of economics, were facing a lot of problems that most white kids were not facing," said Washington University social work professor Brett Drake. Rates of reported child abuse are disproportionately high for black children. Many researchers believe that poverty is the main reason black children are twice as likely as white children to suffer abuse (Gray 1). In 2012, over 1,600 children died from abuse. Child abuse is a major problem faced in the United States today, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States every year. These reports add up to nearly six million children involved in child abuse every year. Of the 702,000 cases of substantiated child abuse in 2009, 44 percent involved white children and 22.3 percent involved black children. Blacks make up 12.4 percent of the country's population; whites, 74.8 percent (Gray). Being that child abuse is against the law it is concerning that child abuse accounts for five deaths per day. It is also the leading killer of children under the age of four. These children have suffered the loss of innocence and have had their child hood stripped away from them. Therapy has a positive effect on African American children who have endured abuse because it allows them to heal through creative therapies, gives the child a safe place to express their feelings, and helps them regain confidence. Many people see therapy as something for people who are weak mentally, “Therapy is the art and science of helping children make sense of thei... ... middle of paper ... ...nt Child Abuse Wisconsin. Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin, n.d. Web. 16 May 2015. Dolan, Edward F. Child Abuse. New York: F. Watts, 1980. Print. Gartner, Richard B. Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men. New York: Guilford, 1999. Print. Goldman, Linda. Breaking the Silence A Guide to Helping Children with Complicated Grief Suicide, Homicide, AIDS, Violence and Abuse. Seconnd ed. New York: Brunner- Routledge, 2001. Print. Miller, Veltkamp. Clinical Handbook of Child Abuse and Neglect. Madison: International Universities, 1994. Print. Rodriguez-Srednicki, Ofelia, and James A. Twaite. Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Adult Victims of Childhood Abuse. Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson, 2006. Print. "What Is Child Abuse." Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse. Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse, n.d. Web. 13 May 2015.
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