The sad reality is child abuse is severely underreported in the United States. Most abused and neglected children never come to the attention of government officials. Victims almost never speak of their abuse for fear of retaliation from their perpetrator (Newton). Even if the abuse has been reported, the victim will often deny the offense took place. This is especially prevalent in cases of abuse, in which the victim shows no physical injury (Thompson). The main reason children do not speak of their abuse or just flatly deny that their abuse had occurred is due to their lack of comfort within the situation. It is very uncomfortable for a child to accuse a parent or caretaker of abuse or neglect. The child can also feel an intense amount of shame and can become very withdrawn and secretive, in regards to their abuse. It is much easier for the child to take the abuse and allow their cries to go unanswered.
The most common pattern of abuse is a child victimized by a female parent acting alone. However, in contrast, male parents acting alone are identified as the perpetrators for the highest percentage of sexual abuse victims. According to the data that I have researched, on average, sixty-two percent of child abuse perpetrators are females that are generally, under the age of thirty. While men accounted for the remaining thirty-eight percent. However, men... [continues]
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