The Importance Of Child Abuse On Children

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Every year, millions of children are stripped of their childhood and thrown into a world full of violence, abuse, and neglect. Rather than having the freedom to live innocently, they struggle to find ways to escape a world that they cannot understand. Despite the prevalence of these tragedies, our world has seen hardly any change in the way these children are helped largely due to the world’s societal indifferences, as well as the world’s lack of knowledge to help those who cannot help themselves. Embodying itself in many different forms such as, neglect, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, child abuse proves to have complex and varied motivations, leading to detrimental effects on the child, making prevention methods a necessity in today’s …show more content…
Their lack of mental stability and overall inability to control their emotions provides an unpredictable, and therefore, unsafe environment for a dependent child to thrive in. Caregivers who also have “inaccurate knowledge of child development, inappropriate expectations of the child, and negative attitudes toward parenting” only boost their odds of developing an abusive relationship with their child (46). A relationship exclusively reliant on the success of the child, both intellectually and socially, not only puts an incredible amount of stress on the child, but most importantly on the parent, leading to further, and possibly harsher abuse. Nonetheless, it is also crucial to note that “younger children, girls, premature infants, and children with irritable temperaments” prove to be incredible catalysts for abusers (47). Although their characteristics are uncontrollable at such a young age, their innocence becomes a significant contributing factor for abuse. They believe that children are too unknowledgeable to know what is right from what is wrong, and therefore, do not feel guilty for the actions they are committing. Furthermore, it is essential to understand that child abuse is cyclical purely due to …show more content…
Prevention methods are broken down into three different categories: primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. Primary prevention “includes activities or services available to the general public,” utilizing campaigns and public service announcements on multi-media platforms to educate community members (Salus, Wolcott, and Kennedy 42). Surely enough, “schools and child care centers are ideal settings for child maltreatment prevention efforts, because they provide access to the general population [and] more families can be reached through fewer resources” (Asawa, Hansen, and Flood 87). Next, secondary prevention “activities focus efforts and resources on children and families known to be at a higher risk for maltreatment. [Appropriately,] programs may direct services to communities or neighborhoods that have a high incidence” of child abuse (Salus, Wolcott, and Kennedy 42). Lastly, tertiary prevention “activities focus efforts on families in which maltreatment has already occurred” to prevent recurring maltreatment (42). While these prevention methods are viable and can have positive outcomes, once “programs are expanded and disseminated, the quality and scope of services may be sacrificed and the original concept my be distorted” (Asawa, Hansen, and Flood 87). This idea of

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