Essay on A Growing Concern Of Child Maltreatment

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A Growing Concern: Child Maltreatment
It is said by Naughton that, “for every child in the child protection program there are another eight ‘hidden’ children being maltreated,” (Preventing a child maltreatment epidemic, 2014). Child maltreatment is an ever growing problem across the globe. There are several variations of maltreatment, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and negligence. Physical abuse is broadly defined as any act that causes or has a potential to cause physical harm. Emotional abuse is the harm of the emotional aptitude of a child. Sexual abuse is engaging in sexual conduct in the presence of a child or using a child to perform sexual acts. Negligence, the most common form of maltreatment, refers to the failure to sufficiently provide food, clothing, shelter, education, health care, and supervision to a child. With child maltreatment comes many determinants, long-term and short-term effects, identification factors, and hopeful future prevention tactics. This is shown through hundreds of studies conducted around the world. Statistics provided by Kanako Ishida, give an insight on child maltreatment in Puerto Rico. Ishida uses findings from the 2010 National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. This system consists of a collection of all of the reportings of child abuse in the U.S., the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Although Puerto Rico has a lower reporting rate, 31.3/1,000-42.2/1,000 annually, than the U.S.,…

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