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 parent, parents who are caring for a child with a disability, special needs or difficult behaviors, and caregivers who are under financial or relationship stress(http://children.ezinemark.com/warning-signs-of-child-abuse-141d0f2bd4). With all this being taken into consideration, there are a few traits or characteristics that may be well defined in an adult that is or has resorted to child abuse. They may often seem isolated from family supports, such as friends, relatives, neighbors, and community groups. Along with isolation, they may also consistently fail to keep appointments, discourage social contact, and rarely or never participate in school activities. They are often times reluctant to give information about the child’s injuries or condition and are unable to explain the injuries or they give far-fetched explanations. Many times, parents who result to child abuse believe in harsh punishment, seldom touch or look at the child, ignore the child’s crying or react with impatience. Also, many of these parents may be hard to locate. In some cases, drugs and alcohol misuse may play a huge role in the abuse of a child. Parents who often resort to using drugs and alcohol claim to be using because it helps ease stress or they fear that they may be losing control of some aspects of their lives. Those these characteristics may be used as a “blueprint” to help identify potential child abusers, these traits do not classify all child abusers (http://www.georgiabulletin.org/local/1984/07/05/a/#.UZzXNbWTiSo). The children who suffer from child abuse either at home or through other means such as daycare workers or other family members, do not “ask” to be abused. They are typically not the children who act out in class or want to be the center of attention every chance they get. As a matter of fact, they are often times quite the opposite. Many children who suffer from abuse start off as great, friendly, social students. What begins to draw suspicion is when a straight A student...
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