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Child Abuse: Be the Voice

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Child Abuse: Be the Voice

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Child abuse, though a very touchy subject for many, is a major problem that is still relevant in the lives of many children. Abuse can range anywhere from physical abuse to mental abuse and sexual exploitation. Every year, 900,000 children suffer from child abuse of some sort (http://children.ezinemark.com/warning-signs-of-child-abuse-141d0f2bd4). As of the year 2010 there was an average of five or more deaths in the U.S. due to child abuse (http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics/). Not only is child abuse just out right morally wrong, it is a serious crime. Believe it or not, The Child Protection Agency has been able to identify some major characteristics of a child abuser. Along with a “portrait” one may follow to identify a suspected child abuser, there are also traits and certain personality qualities one may find in the abused child himself. Children who suffer from abusive situations do not “ask” to be abused. They do not act out and they are generally well-behaved, intelligent children. As adults, it is our duty to stand up, protect, and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Let your voice be the voice of reason. Till this day, not even experts can explain why some people allow themselves to resort to child abuse. Each case is different in and of its own. When we picture an adult who resorts to child abuse, we typically imagine a “monster” with a deep hatred for children. When we envision a parent who abuses their child, we are quick to think of unsanitary living conditions, a father who may be considered a “loser” by society’s standards, and a mother who much rather deal with the drunken abuse of the father than to be alone. This image that we often get when we think of a child abuser actually could not be further from the truth. Often times adults who resort to child abuse are  parents caring for children without support from family, friends or the community, teen parents who are struggling with the maturity and patience needed to be a...