Miami Dade College
April 14th, 2012
At least every ten seconds a report of child abuse is reported across the United States. Child Abuse is a topic that can put fear in the heart of any parent, grandparent or guardian. Child abuse is a very delicate yet important issue in the world. Why is child abuse such a bug problem? Because Child abuse is also the type of problem where any child can fall prey especially, because child abuse does not seem to discriminate against age, sex, race, religion, or economic backgrounds. Parents, grandparents or guardians run the high risk of knowing their child’s abuser. Children of all ages are vulnerable to ...view middle of the document...
Emotional or psychological abuse can also take the form of verbal abuse and mental abuse. That is why kids are very vulnerable since usually kids are thought at a young age that parents or adults know best. Emotional or psychological abuse is difficult to pinpoint. There are several different types of emotional abuse such as using extreme or bizarre forms of punishment, screaming, insulting, rejecting, ignoring, terrorizing, isolating, and corrupting the abused. According to Childhelp.org, emotional abuse accounts for 7.6 percent of all child abuse.
Neglect is failing to give the proper or required care and attention to a child. Neglect could be emotional, educational, and physical. As we previously discussed emotional abuse can be neglect by lacking love and support. Educational neglect can be in the form of not allowing the child to attend school and physical neglect can be in the form of not providing proper housing clothing or even medical care for the child.
Sexual abuse is when one person behaves inappropriately with a child. Behaviors that are considered improper are behaviors such as intercourse, rape, fondling a child, incest of any sort, exposing themselves to children, introducing and showing pornography to a child.
Defined as non-accidental trauma or physical injury caused by punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning or otherwise harming a child, physical abuse is the most visible form of child maltreatment. ("http://www.americanhumane.org/children/ ," 2011) Unlike injuries, physical abuse is very intentional. Physical abuse can come in the form of hitting; burning, biting, beating, choking, shaking, kicking, punching, and pinching can all be forms of physical abuse.
Now that I have explained what abuse is let me tell you a little story about my personal experience with child abuse as I mentioned earlier. I am a divorced mother of four wonderful kids when I was married I noticed that my ex-husband had some anger issues but nothing to dramatic I thought. Well after we ended our marriage of course, he gets joint custody of the kids. Little by little, I noticed that the kids came home with bruises and every time I would ask him, he had some excuse of how the “boys” were being boys. Finally, the kids are able to talk and they start mentioning to me how daddy hits them so hard that it hurts them when they walk up or down the stairs. As you can imagine my fear had come true. First, I call him and start accusing him and of course as most abusers he denies it. You are probably thinking call the police, I should have called but your right I did not call the police. Why you ask? Because I never thought, they would believe me. I was not sure I believed it myself were the kids just playing us against each other? Was I ready to ruin this man’s life, if it was true? All these questions kept running through my head. I felt just as abused as my children did. As bad as this sounds I tried to make...