Essay on The Effects Of Child Abuse On Children

1199 Words Feb 26th, 2016 5 Pages
When you think about Child Abuse what is the first thing you consider? I think about all the effects child abuse causes. Child abuse has existed in the world for centuries, but was only recognized as abuse in 1974 in the United States. In the United States more than 2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year. This abuse affects children physically and mentally. So what does child abuse affect, it affects the fourth amendment, physical and mental health, and affects the economy.

Child abuse does not only affect the body of a child it also primes the brain for future mental illness. Which means that abuse goes farther in life that just bruises and scratches. According to Maia Szalavitz “child maltreatment has been called the tobacco industry of mental health”. This quote compares tobacco 's effects to something deeper that affects you the way tobacco would. If you analyzed this quote even more you could say that it compare the health of a smoker to an abused child 's mental health. Thus leading to what this abuse can actually cause later in life.

As a child that has been maltreated or abused certain problems can and may affect them later in life. This substantiates that the brain will react to try and cope with illness of the mind. According to Maia Szalavitz “ These changes leave victims more vulnerable to depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)”. The meaning of this quotes states what a victim of child abuse will…

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