Juvenile Sexual Abuse Case Study

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treatment they receive is what they deserve. Therefore, they do as they are told and ask for nothing in return. As time goes on, Nadege and her sister encountered more than a child their age should ever have to experience even once they moved in with their biological father and step-mother; life gave them another hurdle to jump. My heart ached for them more than once while reading Nadege 's story and in disbelief I became very angry as I read about the abuse they encountered from their step-mother. Studies indicate that more than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way. In their case - this was so true. As their step-mother allowed a house border (her secret lover) to sexually abuse her own step-children. …show more content…
My thought, "No child should ever be treated in this fashion, nor should any father allow this to happen to his child/children". When children are abused and neglected, many of their basic needs are threatened, including their physical, safety, social, and self-esteem needs, (Woodside, Marianne & McClam, Tricia, 2015 pg. 143). The scars are deeper then the physical appearance of injuries and often last throughout a lifetime, even making them abusive as adults. The sad part out of all of this is that - studies also now indicate that about one-third of people who are abused in childhood will become abusers themselves. As Nadage aged, things still didn 't improve for her and her siblings, she experienced jealousy, hatred, physical and emotional abuse, and neglect, but she never gave up on her full filling her dream. Desiring an education was an issue in its own, but today, she is continuing her education. She experienced bullying, mockery to the point that she wanted to quit school, but never did. Social attitudes toward others was demonstrated throughout their lives where they witnessed discrimination and prejudice because of the color of their …show more content…
The majority of Haitian immigrants arrived in the United States before 2000 (61 percent), (this number included Nadege), 30 percent between 2000 and 2009, and fewer than one-tenth since 2010. Haitians seeking a better life for themselves and yet the promise land offered more than they anticipated; but they continued to remain here. I ask myself, "would I have been as courageous as she was and how would I have coped with all that she experienced? " This young lady 's story has made be grateful for the upbringing that I experienced, grateful that I had two loving parents who protected and guided me 100% of the way, and grateful that I had a home where I knew I was loved, wanted, and felt secure. My family was poor, but growing up in the neighborhood where I did - we were all poor. Never once did I experience abuse and/or neglect, nor did I ever live in fear. Her story has opened my eyes to what can and does happen in America - it puts me to shame to think how oblivious I have been to how and what other 's living conditions and/or situations might

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