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Impact of Child Abuse in the United States

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Child abuse in the United States is a growing epidemic. Every year the number of reported cases, and missing children go up. This is caused mostly by lack of education about the different types of child abuse, and the signs that go along with it. Communities need to provide more resources to better educate the public about the types of abuse, and the signs that go along with it. Child abuse and neglect can be lessened by more resources, more education and to reach out to others.

Every year an approximate 139,000 cases of child abuse and neglect are reported in Ohio, and 72,000 are thoroughly investigated (Ohio's Children 2012). Although some might think this number is high, it is believed that the number of actual child abuse cases would be three times higher if all cases were reported (Public Awareness & Advocacy). They strongly believe that the reason so many cases go unreported is due to lack of education. With only one seminar available it is impossible to say that all 17,000 residents of Defiance County are adequately educated on the types and signs of child abuse. The best, and only accurate, remedy to this problem is to offer more educational resources and make them more widely available.

Child abuse is an issue in every state, every country, worldwide. There is no place that is immune to child abuse. This being stated they need better policies in place regarding the education on child abuse. Many people have many different opinions on how to lessen the amount of child abuse that goes on in this country, however many of them focus on stricter punishment for the abuser’s (Hmurovich, 2009). However, they know that stricter punishment will not lessen the amount of child abuse; it would truly have little to no impact on...

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...orted. Communities need to provide more knowledge of the types and signs to be able to know what to look for on a child/ children.

Works Cited

"Advice for Professionals." Kidscape. Web. 26 Mar. 2014.

"Child Abuse Symptoms, Causes, Treatment - Who Abuses Children? - OnHealth." Onhealth. Web. 27 Mar. 2014.

"COCA - Council on Child Abuse / Prevention. Education. Awareness." COCA - Council on Child Abuse / Prevention. Education. Awareness. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.

"The Family and Child Abuse Prevention CenterWelcome to Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center." The Family and Child Abuse Prevention CenterWelcome to Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

Hmurovich, J. Big Ideas for Children: Investing in Our Nation's Future. Washington, DC: First Focus, 2008. Print.

"Love Our Children USA." Love Our Children USA. Web. 26 Mar. 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that child abuse in the united states is a growing epidemic and that communities need to provide more resources to better educate the public about the types of abuse and the signs that go along with it.
  • Opines that the number of actual child abuse cases would be three times higher if all cases were reported. defiance county's 17,000 residents are not adequately educated on the types and signs of abuse.
  • Explains that child abuse is an issue in every state, every country, worldwide. they state that they need better policies regarding the education of children.
  • Explains that lower income families and young single mothers are the most likely to have child abuse in the home due to the levels of stress in these types of families.
  • Analyzes jim hmurovich's article on the need for a uniform, national policy for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
  • Explains that the family and child abuse prevention center provides education to parents, families, children, and the community about child abuse and neglect.
  • Explains that council on child abuse (coca) provides presentations and training to professionals and communities in southern ohio. they also offer printed material for individuals, schools, and groups.
  • Opines that people need to know how to prevent and be aware of child abuse and neglect, but do they know what it is and the signs to look for on a child or children?
  • Explains that there are three types of child abuse that people need to be aware of: physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
  • Explains that one fourth of girls and one sixth of boys are sexually abused by an adult by the age of seventeen. sexual abuse is non-consensual sexual contact on a child or children.
  • Explains that emotional abuse is the act of belittling, ignoring, corrupting and acting cruel, isolating, rejecting, and scaring another person, which can lead to ultimately winning control over them.
  • Explains that there are three categories of child neglect that either refuse or delay attention and/or affection in a child's life. the first is physical neglect, followed by educational neglect.
  • Opines that there are many things we can do to prevent or lessen the tragedy of abuse and negligence.
  • Opines that child abuse and neglect is a major problem everywhere and needs to be addressed as such by implementing better stratifies, funding, and more organizations.
  • Cites kidscape's "advice for professionals" and "child abuse symptoms, causes and treatment - who abuses children?
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