Cycle Of Child Abuse

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The innocence of a child is pure, but could you imagine someone stealing it away? Adults who abuse children hurt them not only for the rest of their lives but for generations to come. There are various types of abuse that children are exposed to and that affect their adult lives, for example, physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse and family violence. Physical abuse leaves a child with low self esteem and it leads to a cycle of abuse as a parent like when they were kids. Verbal abuse can lead to many things such as suicide because of all the mental suffering caused. Sexual abuse causes children to have very deep depression and anxiety throughout their life. Family violence witnessed by a child leads to aggressive language plus behavior …show more content…
First of all the most common form of abuse is physical abuse. Physical abuse is when a group of one or more individuals inflict pain or corporal harm on another being. “Its true that abused children are likely to repeat the cycle as adults, unconsciously repeating what they went through.” (Smith) Although not all children who were abused will be abusers as adults, there 's a high chance because of the memories they still have. In a CBS interview, Barkley said, “I dont even like the term [beating]. When the media talks about beating a child we called it spanking our kids or whipping our kids" (Peterson). This goes to show that adults sometimes feel that this is the right way of disciplining children. When you try to correct them they get offended and get mad at you and don 't want to hear anything you have to say. “But 70 percent of Americans all races-think its ok to spank all their kids. And our language allows us to continue doing it without too much guilt.” (Peterson) There really isn 't any way around this unless the adult takes counseling classes …show more content…
It’s the mental part of sexual abuse that takes you away from this world. Only a sick person with mental issues would commit such a crime. A child is so innocent and doesn 't know better and for someone older to take advantage is the sickest thing in the world. No matter how many classes of counseling they take a sexual victim will never forget especially a child they will always have those memories and flashbacks. “Recent studies show that women who were sexually abused as children have rates of mental health impairment almost twice as high nonabused women.” (Rosenberg 79) This causes a high level of depression that leads to many other problems such as eating disorders, anxiety, and relationship problems. They will feel fat and when they look in the mirror they will actually see themselves overweight because their depression has taken over their thoughts. We will see them as normal and try to convince them that they aren 't fat but they will deny it and still believe what they 're mind tells them. They have an anxiety that lasts a lifetime. They will always remember when, where and who they were sexually abused by. The anxiety kicks in every time they are alone or when they feel someone is watching them or just even

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