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Child Abuse

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Doug mikel
Child Abuse
Sociology 111 Tues./Thurs. 8a-9:15a
Tina Harrell
9/21/2014

Imagine living a life you fear, one you have to keep a secret. Always pretending to be happy and carefree when deep down thinking, "Please don't let this day be the last." Living in a house where painful marks and scars are hidden by long sleeves, and jeans. Looking over your shoulder wondering when the next assault is going to be. “Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse.  More than three out of four are under the age of 4.” (Prevent Child Abuse America: Current Trends in Child Abuse Reporting & Fatalities: The 2000 Fifty State Survey) Child abuse is a terrible problem well known not only in America, but also around the world. Abuse leaves not only physical scars with children, but the more painful emotional scars that last forever. A Child Called “It” by author David Pelzer is an incredibly emotional and vivid story of the experiences of a young boy. Pelzer describes how he endured unthinkable abuse at the hand of his own mother. He provides detailed accounts of the abuse and neglect as well as the emotions and pain he endured, his struggle to cope and survive, and how he eventually was freed from her and the hell he was living. A Child Called “It” is a disturbingly real example of how children are victimized through various forms of abuse. "A Child called It" is a book that is known to be one of the worst documented cases of child abuse. Dave had to endure numerous types of abuse such as starvation, cruelty and torture for the majority of his childhood. When reading this book, I was shocked by the different levels of cruelty that Dave faced. I was amazed on how this book had a major impact in my life. Being married to a man that had to endure similar situations (not quite so cruel) I knew when we started to have children I would have to be more open on discipline and also be more willing to discuss situations on how to handle them. This...
Doug mikel
Child Abuse
Sociology 111 Tues./Thurs. 8a-9:15a
Tina Harrell
9/21/2014
Imagine living a life you fear, one you have to keep a secret. Always pretending to be happy and
carefree when deep down thinking, "Please don't let this day be the last." Living in a house where
painful marks and scars are hidden by long sleeves, and jeans. Looking over your shoulder
wondering when the next assault is going to be. “Almost five children die every day as a result of
child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4.” (Prevent Child Abuse America:
Current Trends in Child Abuse Reporting & Fatalities: The 2000 Fifty State Survey) Child abuse
is a terrible problem well known not only in America, but also around the world. Abuse leaves not
only physical scars with children, but the more painful emotional scars that last forever.
A Child Called “It” by author David Pelzer is an incredibly emotional and vivid story of the
experiences of a young boy. Pelzer describes how he endured unthinkable abuse at the hand of his
own mother. He provides detailed accounts of the abuse and neglect as well as the emotions and
pain he endured, his struggle to cope and survive, and how he eventually was freed from her and
the hell he was living. A Child Called “It” is a disturbingly real example of how children are
victimized through various forms of abuse.
"A Child called It" is a book that is known to be one of the worst documented cases of child
abuse. Dave had to endure numerous types of abuse such as starvation, cruelty and torture for the
majority of his childhood. When reading this book, I was shocked by the different levels of cruelty
that Dave faced. I was amazed on how this book had a major impact in my life. Being married to a
man that had to endure similar situations (not quite so cruel) I knew when we started to have
children I would have to be more open on discipline and also be more willing to discuss situations on
how to handle them. This also, made me keep my mind open to him being more susceptible to
harsher discipline. Dave in the book would try every day to survive from his mother's torturous
games, leaving him to find the strength to fend for himself. "A Child Called It" is an inspiration to all
readers; it is a message of resilience, strength and spirit. We all have the courage and ability to
leave our dark past behind us and search for a better tomorrow.
As children, our world often revolves around our parents. This is because parents are our source of
safety and security, love and understanding, nurturance and support. A child experiencing abuse
develops strategies that become coping mechanisms. These coping mechanisms enable day-to-day
functioning and help the child detach from the emotional and physical pain of events, especially
when the abuse continues over a long period of time (Childhood Responses, 2008). Child abuse
can be defined as society sees it as 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;
or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm, child abuse and neglect
can also refer to any act or omission which fails to nurture in the upbringing of a child or children
(www.childwelfare.gov). According to NCANDS whose latest statistics are for 2005 an estimated
3.3 million referrals of child abuse or neglect were received by public social service or CPS
agencies. Of these referrals, 899,000 children were confirmed to be victims of abuse or neglect.
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007)
There are four types of abuse: physical, sexual, and emotional and neglect. While each of these
has different effects on each individual, abuse can cause serious injury to a child and it may even
lead to death. The bruises or scars can be physical and emotionally scarring and effect ability to
function at home, work, or school. Some effects including the lack of trust and building relationships
continue through adulthood. Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to cause feelings of
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