Child abuse is a very serious and controversial issue that is escalating in today's
society. As we look back to the 1940's and 1950's, it was almost unheard of to let
anyone outside of your immediate family know anything about your personal life. Every
family was thought to be, or shown to the general public to be, the "perfect family".
Some schools had the authority to punish a child by either spanking them with a paddle
or hitting their knuckles with a ruler. Child abuse is one of the leading causes of
childhood deaths in this nation. Statistics show "every 4 seconds a child is abused and
every 7 minutes a child's life is lost" (Neglect 1).
We as a society need to work together to try to think of alternative ways of
disciplining our children. A child is a gift from God and should be treated as such. I do
understand that with the hectic life styles of today's society, sometimes it just seems like
life is a struggle and just too much. Spanking a child as corrective action is one thing, but
beating a child, ripping his or her hair out, locking him or her in a closet, or verbally
abusing a child is unacceptable. One solution we can consider is taking something of
value away from the child, the child may consider this a worse punishment than taking a
In the year 2000, three million referrals came into the Child Protective
Services agencies in the United States to research the chance of child abuse
(Bureau 1). Constantly beating a child can cause immediate memory loss and/or
brain damage. In some cases, severe emotional damages may not surface until a child
reaches adolescence. An adult that has been abused may have difficulty establishing
healthy intimate relationships and may be at a higher risk for depression, substance
abuse, anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares.
We can look at the recent event that is shocking the nation. As I looked at... [continues]
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