Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse and neglect, also leave deep, lasting scars. (Help guide.org). The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal and break the cycle—rather than perpetuating it. There is a myth that only bad people abuse their children. (Help guide.org) But the fact is while it's easy to say that only "bad people" abuse their children, it's not always so black and white. Not all abusers are intentionally harming their children. Many have been victims of abuse themselves, and don’t know any other way to parent. Others may be struggling with mental health issues or a substance abuse problem. Severe abuse early in life can lead to reactive attachment disorder. Children with this disorder are so disrupted that they have extreme difficulty establishing normal relationships and attaining normal developmental milestones. They need special treatment and support (help guide.org)
According to studies from the USA, nearly 80% of the persons committing child abuse are the custodial parents (and the biological parents in 90% of all such cases), and 6.6% are relatives. The same studies concluded that 56.5% of the abusers are women and 42.4% are men, while 75% of all abusers are under 40 years old (Jacobi G ; Dettmeyer R ; Banaschak S ; Brosig B ; Herrmann B 2010). The suspicion of child abuse may arise because of the pattern of injury that is found, e.g. an injury at a site where blows are typically struck or with a typical appearance, such as parallel stripes. Aside from this, a number of circumstances of other types can indicate the likelihood of child abuse. A child that has been injured through abuse is often not taken to the doctor immediately, but only after a delay (Jacobi et al 2010).The history of the event as recounted to the doctor is inconsistent with the type of injury seen, the symptoms and signs, and/or...
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