Child Abuse

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John Santarelli

The complex question that I will present in this paper is the following: Can lack of parenting skills lead to a pattern of child abuse and neglect? This extremely complex question has proven to be a great challenge to explore. I have had discussions with my friends and people that I know analyzing and developing a wide range of possible solutions to this problem. In the following paper, I will present the problem in more details and the various solutions. Child abuse in today's society is a very sensitive topic. Categories of child abuse include physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and general, medical, and educational neglect. The complete understanding of all these different types of abuse can help give you a greater perspective on just how enormous this problem is in today's world. Whom does child abuse affect? It can be children from all types’ socio-economic, religious, and ethnic groups. Child abuse is not limited to any one race, religion, or demographic area. According to Colorado State University Family Education Department more than one million children are confirmed victims of abuse and neglect in the United States each year. (Frobose, 2007) The number of abused children in this country is almost unbelievable and very hard to comprehend the scope of the problem. Perpetrators of child abuse often are caretakers, a family friend, or childcare provider. Perpetrators usually are people that children already know in everyday life. Also, Colorado State University states that 15 out of every 1,000 children are victims of maltreatment. (Frobose, 2007) That is a huge statistic considering the entire population of the United States. These statistics indicate that the problem of child abuse needs to be looked at even more and combated with solutions to fight this terrible problem. People believe that the problem of child abuse occurs in poor demographic areas. Poverty is the most noted risk factor for child...
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