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Child Abuse Essay

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Advocate for Child Abuse

Mike Gavaldon

California State Los Angeles

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There is a popular saying within the realm of individuals who deal with child abuse on a daily basis “Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones”. As easy as the breakdown of that sentence is, the meaning of it has been well researched and simplified to scars of child abuse are not only physical but mental as well. Physical abuse at most times is not the most noticeable sign, there are a couple other types of abuse that are as scarring as the others, ...view middle of the document...

“Ignoring children’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, or making a child feel worthless or stupid are also child abuse. Regardless of the type of child abuse, the result is
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serious emotional harm” (Joanna Saisan, 2011). Child abuse can has many forms, but the four main types are physical, sexual, psychological, and neglect. Child neglect is explained as; when the supervising adult fails to provide sufficiently for different wants/needs such as, emotional (not expressing affection or encouragement), education (failing to enroll a child in school), medical (failing to take their child to the doctor or dentist frequently), as well as material physical (failing to cloth properly, hygiene, etc).An early sign of child neglect are when children aren’t able to interact with other children. Lastly, continuing to foster a child’s basic needs is considered chronic neglect. “Older children might not show outward signs of neglect, becoming used to presenting a competent face to the outside world, and even taking on the role of the parent. But at the end of the day, neglected children are not getting their physical and emotional needs met” (Joanna Saisan, 2011). There is a fine line between discipline and physical abuse. I believe the difference is in your intentions when disciplining. Frustrations from a child’s behavior, lack of ability to control the child or the situation also plays a factor. Physical abuse is described as applying injury or physical harm to any child. It could possibly be the result of an intentional attempt to cause hurt to the child, but not all the time. Sometimes using the belt in reaction to a sort of discipline can also be a result, or a type of punishment that is to severe for the child’s age or physical condition. Majority of cases from abusive parents or guardians swear that their actions were intended as their type of discipline. “But there is a big difference between using physical punishment to discipline and physical abuse. The point of disciplining children is to teach them right from wrong, not to make them live in fear” (Joanna Saisan, 2011). Sexual abuse of a child is the most disturbing section of child abuse to talk about simply because it is repulsive! It is difficult to imagine or even acknowledge these things are happening to children
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of all ages. “Child sexual abuse has been reported up to 80,000 times a year, but the number of unreported instances is far greater, because the children are afraid to tell anyone what has happened, and the legal procedure for validating an episode is difficult” (American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry, 2010). One of the hardest things to realize was that child sexual abuse can take place within the family it can be anyone, a parent, step-parent, sibling or other relative. If I were outside looking in I would expect the majority be from outside the home, for example, friend, child care worker, neighbor, sometimes...

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