Essay about Child Abuse And Its Effect On Children

1930 Words May 4th, 2016 8 Pages
What is Child Abuse? By definition, child abuse is the deliberate and willful injury of a child by a caretaker hitting, beating with an object, slamming against a wall, even killing. It involves active, hostile, aggressive treatment.

Most of child abuse is deliberate. Why would anyone physically harm a child? The physical destruction of a child is the extreme reaction of parents to the stress of having children. Most people are not aware of the fact that deliberately hitting a child is considered a felony in all fifty states. Abuse of children is more common than most people realize.

At least one out of five adult women and one out of every ten adult men report having been abused in childhood. Recognizing child abuse in its several forms is a twentieth century phenomenon. Child abuse is also more likely to be recognized in economically developed countries than in other parts of the world. Children have been beaten and abandoned for centuries, based primarily on the belief that children are the property of their parents. By educating yourself and your children about abuse, you can help prevent it from happening to your children and better cope with it if it does. (What Is Child Abuse)

There are four different forms of child abuse. They are physical abuse (child beating and neglect), sexual abuse, incest, and exploitation.
Physical abuse occurs when a caretaker deliberately beats the child. Some examples of physical abuse include burning with a cigarette, striking a…

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