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Child Abuse and its Preventions

By: Debbie Clements

Florida University of Technology


OUTLINE

I.Child abuse defined
a.Where children end up
b.National Prevention Month

II.Forms of child abuse
a.Physical abuse
i.How to prevent
b.Child sexual abuse
i.How to prevent
c.Psychological abuse
i.How to prevent
d.Neglect
i.How to prevent

III.Risks and results of child abuse
a.Sociofactors
i.Characteristics
ii.PTSD

IV.Prevention
a.Education
b.Parenting classes
c.Identifying
d.Reporting to CPS

V.Myths and facts of child abuse
a.Peoples beliefs
b.Bad people
c.Poverty
d.Characteristics


Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible sign, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse or child neglect, also leave deep, long lasting scars. Some signs of child abuse are more severe than others. However, by learning common types of abuse and what you can do, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life. The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal from their abuse and not keep repeating and seeing flashbacks. Learn the signs and symptoms of child abuse and help break the cycle, finding out where to get help for the children and their caregivers.

Child abuse today is a constant threat to our children and the death rate from child abuse is growing more and more from year to year especially children ages 5 for boys and girls 12 and older. Abused children usually come from poverty communities. Children who are abused need to be removed from the situation to keep them from being abused any further. I hope as I research child abuse, I can find ways to prevent it from happening in my community and surrounding areas. As a result of child abuse 1 to 5% of child in the United States are treated every year by a physician for injuries that have resulted from child abuse in some way. Child abuse is a physical or mental abuse of children. Many people have different meanings for child abuse and use that meaning to decide whether the child needs to be removed from the home and put into foster care. This abuse usually comes from parents and caregivers and usually happens in the child’s home. There are some cases where child abuse in schools or in extra-curricular activities in which the child is involved with. According to the Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect child abuse is, “any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.” According to Lifespan Development child abuse is legally defined as “physical or psychological injury that results from an adult’s intentional exposure of a child to potentially harmful physical stimuli, sexual acts, or neglect. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. What this is for is to inform the awareness of child abuse and neglect and to try to persuade all people in a community to support those families that are in trouble with child abuse and neglect, as well as, help with ways to prevent it from happening with families that don’t have child abuse in their homes. The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) schedules various events during this month to help prevent child abuse. One of those events is called the Blue Ribbon Campaign. The Blue Ribbon Campaign was established in 1989 for the purpose of a Virginia grandmother to tribute to a grandson she has lost due to child abuse. What the grandmother did was tying a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car in memory of her grandson, and kept that ribbon there the entire month of April. This resulted in the community wanting to help prevent and to do this a number of individuals in the community started it to it as well. Now I would like to discuss several type of child abuse. The first being physical abuse, which is...
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