Essay No Child Should Ever Experience Abuse

1152 Words Nov 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Introduction “But the hearts of small children are delicate organs. A cruel beginning in this world can twist them in curious shapes. The heart of a hurt child can shrink so that forever afterward it is hard and pitted as the seed of a peach. Or again, the heart of such a child may fester and swell until it is a misery to carry within the body, easily chafed and hurt by the most ordinary things.” –Carson McCullers
Every day a child suffers from abuse, maltreatment, and neglect all across the United States. A child deserves a warm, loving, and caring home; not one of fear, frustration, and sadness. According to the website for Kentucky Youth Advocates, “No child should ever experience abuse but unfortunately, in 2012, over 16,000 children were victims of abuse in Kentucky.” Imagine the statistics for the United States as a whole and not just a single State. Abuse can happen for many reasons. It could be because of poverty, lack of parenting skills, substance abuse, stress, or even race. Does the race or ethnicity of a population show to have a higher child maltreatment rate than another? People have been known to blame the higher occurrence of maltreatment on a certain racial group such as the African American population has more instances of child neglect than the Caucasian population. Could this be because they don’t want maltreatment to have a relation with their own race? Or, do different racial groups have higher instances in the sub-categories of…

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