Child Abuse

By Gisela A

What exactly is child abuse?

Child abuse is the term applied to events where a child is neglected, mentally or physically injured, sexually exploited, or any other form of defilement towards a child.

What effect does child abuse have on children?

As previously mentioned, child abuse refers the mistreatment of children. Studies have shown that child abuse does indeed have an effect on children. When an abused child goes on living their life without treatment, this may affect them in their later life. An abused child may grow up with a damaged mental and physical health. They may not be able to control their impulses as well as others, do worse in school, and relationships formed with others.

How has Child Abuse been Addressed?

Child abuse has been known to have existed for many years. In 1967, 44 states had adopted the law of reporting child abuse to agencies that are official. In October of 2009, Sweden celebrated its 30th year of being the first country to outlaw corporal punishment. Also in October of 2009, the organization of Every Child Matters launched a report that advises more federal funding so as change the amount of child deaths due to abuse.

Signs of Child Abuse

You may be able to identify signs of child abuse and be of help. Some signs of child abuse are:

  • Unexplained wounds
  • Behavioral Changes
  • Not wanting to go home or scared to
  • Eating behaviors change
  • Sleep behavior changes
  • Unkempt hygiene
  • Reckless behavior

There are more signs, but these general signs that should be taken note of.


Works Cited

Clancy, Susan. "The Trauma Myth." Psychotherapy Networker Vol. 34, No. 2. Mar/Apr 2010: N.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.

ProQuest Staff. "Child Abuse Timeline." Leading Issues Timelines. 2013: N.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.

ProQuest Staff. "At Issue: Child Abuse." ProQuest LLC. 2014: N.pag. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.

Schulte, Brigid. "Child Abuse Found to Alter Brain; Harm Can Last for Life." Washington Post. 13 Sep. 2013: A.3. SIRS Issues Researcher.Web. 11 Feb. 2014.

"10 Signs of Child Abuse & Neglect." Safe Horizon. N.p.. Web. 16 Feb 2014. <http://www.safehorizon.org/index/what-we-do-2/child-abuse--incest-55/10-signs-of-child-abuse--neglect-305.html>.

Photos


Mother Scolding Her Daughter. Photography.Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 12 Feb 2014. http://quest.eb.com/images/154_2885382

Child Abuse. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 13 Feb 2014.http://quest.eb.com/images/132_1274823

Child Neglect. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 13 Feb 2014.http://quest.eb.com/images/132_1261339