Child Neglect

By: Avery Hester

Why I chose to right about child neglect?

I chose this issue because I feel that child neglect is wrong. People should be aware of child neglect because its an unnoticed issue. That's because there are not too many visual effects of child neglect. The novel inspires me to right about this because it shows how Gerold and Angle are neglected but nobody really noticed it and I believe that people need to be aware that it's happening every day.

Jordan Sparks

Jordan Sparks, how can we describe Jordan Sparks? Jordan Sparks is the man that we don't wont to meet. He is a horrible person that does horrible things to Angle and Gerold. That could be physically or mentally abusing them. Jordan was caught sexually and physically abusing Angle and physically abusing Gerold. At the end of the novel to everyones applause was found dead at the doorway to the apartment that was engulfed by flames.

Facts About Child Abuse

Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse and neglect, also leave deep, lasting scars. The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal and break the cycle—rather than perpetuate it. By learning about common signs of abuse and what you can do to intervene, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

Myth Vs. Fact

MYTH #1: It's only abuse if it's violent.

Fact: Physical abuse is just one type of child abuse. Neglect and emotional abuse can be just as damaging, and since they are more subtle, others are less likely to intervene.

MYTH #2: Only bad people abuse their children.

Fact: While it's easy to say that only bad people abuse their children, it's not always in plain sight. Not all abusers are intentionally harming their children. Many have been victims of abuse themselves, and don’t know any other way to parent. Others may be struggling with mental health issues or a substance abuse problem.

MYTH #3: Child abuse doesn't happen in “good” families.

Fact: Child abuse doesn't only happen in poor families or bad neighborhoods. It crosses all racial, economic, and cultural lines. Families who seem to have it all from the outside are hiding a seceret behind closed doors.

MYTH #4: Most child abusers are strangers.

Fact: Abuse by strangers does happen, most abusers are either family members or friends close to the family.


In 2011:There were 3.4 million reports of child maltreatment in the United States involving more than six million children.Over 680,000 children were found to be victims of child maltreatment.Of these victims:78.5 percent suffered neglect.17.6 percent suffered physical abuse.9.1 percent suffered sexual abuse.1,570 children died from maltreatment. Young children are extremely vulnerable, 81.6 percent of all child fatalities were younger than four years old. More than 42.4 percent of the children who die from maltreatment every year are under a year old.


Gerold experienced child neglect first hand and on a regular bases. When Gerold was young his mom would leave him alone to get drugs. One night the apartment caught on fire and Gerold almost died. Gerold also experienced neglect daily when he moved in with Jordan and his mom. This is how Gerold has experienced it first hand. Gerold reacted to this in a rather good and bad way. It was good even though it took him awhile but he made up with his mom and ended up having a good relationship with her. But it was very bad because he had all these repressed memories and he had a lot of bottled up anger. This issue greatly affected Gerold in a lot of ways because he was always angry and he couldn't really trust someone until he really got to know them. Gerold preoccupied himself with sports and his education to make his situation a little better. Mr.Washington had a big influence on Gerold because he was the father figure that Gerold never had. Angle also was a big influence on Gerold because she was his only reason to live i believe and she was the only person he really loved in his family.

What Can I Do About It?

As individuals there might not be too much we can do. If we knew it was happening the best thing to do would be to go to the police but make sure you have solid proof or else it's pointless to do that. The next thing you can do it might be the first the to do is to pray. Praying about it will allow you to get it off your chest and put it in gods hands. As a city we can have a fundraiser or just a function to get the information out there so that people are aware of this issue. I think that students learning to become teachers should be taught a class to read and understand to signs of child neglect.

Notes for the Mrs. Templeton

I tried to find child neglect reports in Lexington but i couldn't find any information or facts about that.