"Trust unto Jehovah with all thy heart,
And unto thine own understanding lean not.
In all thy ways know thou Him,
And He doth make straight thy paths."
(Proverbs 3:5,6, YLTHB)
The statistics on physical child abuse are alarming. Of the estimated hundreds
of thousands of children battered each year by a parent or close relative,
thousands die. For those who survive, the emotional trauma remains long after
the external bruises have healed. Communities and the courts recognize that
these emotional "hidden bruises" can be treated.
Children who have been abused may display a poor self-image, Inability to depend
on, trust or love others, Aggressive and disruptivesometimes illegal
behavior; Passive and withdrawn behavior; fear of entering into new
relationships or activities, School failure, Serious drug and alcohol abuse. The
child and adolescent psychiatrist is able to treat the "whole child"medical as
well as psychological or emotional problems that have occurred as a result of
the abuse. The family can be helped to learn new ways of support and
communicating with one another. Through treatment, the abused child begins to
regain a sense of self-confidence and trust. Child abuse is a matter of degree:
the degree to which a parent uses inap-propriate or excessive control strategies
with a child and/or fails to provide standards of care giving. In fact, abusive
parents often do not know they are abusive. Our culture has, for generations,
used corporal punishment as a means of controlling child behavior. Some parents
think society places no restraint on such techniques. Many may recall the old
saying, "spare the rod and spoil the child." It is not always clear what the
limits are in efforts to get a child to behave. The best way to stop the child
abuse and stop the abusive parents from abusing their children is by forming a
non-profit organization working in cooperation with U.S. Dept. of Welfare , a
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