Essay on Child Abuse And The United States

2182 Words Oct 25th, 2014 null Page
Child abuse is a significant concern in the United States. With an estimated 686,000 child victims of abuse/neglect in 2012 (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2013), it is easy to see that this is an issue that necessitates much attention. Of this staggering figure, 124,544 children were found to have been physically abused, and another 54,880 were psychologically abused (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). These figures become even more disturbing when one examines who the abuser is in these cases. In 2012, 81.5% of the child maltreatment cases in the United States listed one or both parents as the perpetrator of the abuse/neglect (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). Another troubling facet to this problem is that physical abuse is not usually a one-time experience for a child, but rather a chronic issue (Brown, 2003). According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 17% of child victims are likely to experience a reoccurrence of abuse/neglect (Fluke, Shusterman, Hollinshead, & Yuan, 2005). Unfortunately, although the above figures are quite high, and troubling, they most likely do not encompasses the full extent of the problem, as many times child abuse is not reported or discovered (Sedlak, Mattenburg, Basnea, Petta, McPherson, Greene, & Li, 2010). To combat these many issues, professionals have developed and utilize many interventions to try to break the cycle of child abuse. This paper will discuss some of the…

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