Breathing Underwater

Topics: Child abuse Pages: 2 (673 words) Published: April 24, 2013
                                                     What The Difference Could Be In the novel “Breathing Underwater” by Alex Flinn, child abuse is brought up several times. Child abuse affects thousands of children in the world today. Nick got his abusiveness from his father; his father got it from his father. Over the years Nick has developed a severe temper that without getting help may lead to Nick staying on this trend of abuse.           If Nick didn’t get the support he was in need of, would he become one of the 55,152 other child abusers? (1) From the article “Preventing Child Abuse”.           In the (1) article “Preventing Child Abuse”  “Child Abuse Prevention Law, child consultation center workers, with a court permit, can enter homes that refuse to cooperate with centers’ investigation and in an emergency situation, center director judgment is allowed to prevail over parents’ judgment ”. In the novel “Breathing Underwater” perhaps that idea would have assisted Nick, his father and so on in there repetitive actions of abuse. If the Child Abuse Prevention Law was enforced in this novel would there have been as much abuse and continuation of it for so long? Three generations long.  When thinking about child abuse maybe sadness come to our minds, and with out knowing how being abused feels it would be the common sense to know it could affect not only the child but also the family. As an example from the (2) article “direct=true&db” “Stacey was 12, when her parents got a divorce. A babysitter asked Stacey if her father was hurting her and she said yes. But when the babysitter told Stacey’s mother, she shrugged it off—only years later saying she thought the babysitter meant that Stacey’s father was spanking her. That’s why it is so important to find the real words. To relate this back to the novel, maybe Mr. Andreas tried to receive help or guidance to walk his way through the abusiveness but nobody heard his cry out. Or he could have been too...
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