Essay on Child Protection Laws Worldwide, By Howard Markel

1224 Words Sep 28th, 2015 5 Pages
Imagine being repeatedly assaulted and battered. Now imagine that the person inflicting the abuse was a parent, a guardian, or even a sibling. That is what many children world wide deal with everyday, and before Mary Ellen’s Story brought attention to the widespread abuse that takes place behind closed doors, many children were repeatedly beaten and no repercussions were dealt to their abusers. This was what Howard Markel called, “ . . .the days when beasts of burden enjoyed more legal protection than children.” Luckily, today there are laws in place which punish those who abuse defenseless children and Mary Ellen’s Story, by Howard Markel chronicles the story that exposed this need for child protection laws worldwide, through its: structure, quality, and applicability of the information Markel shared. Markel’s essay depicts the torment Mary Ellen McCormack underwent by chronologically showing her life and struggle to raise awareness for the wrongs that were done to her. In the beginning of the essay, Markel opens by providing a quote from Mary Ellen herself; in this parcel of information, we see just how bad the abuse was and more importantly how deeply afraid Mary Ellen was about sharing the horrible abuses. “Momma has been in the habit of whipping and beating me almost every day . . . I never dared to speak to anybody, because if I did I would be whipped” (Markel 134). After Markel ensnares the reader’s attention, he begins to recount Mary’s childhood story by…

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