English 10 H
1 November 2012
Ineffective Solutions are Pointless Solutions
The image is startling. An exhausted father comes home from work to a loving embrace from his daughter. However, after downing a couple of beers, the caring environment drastically changes, and the father is senselessly beating his daughter while blaming her for all of his problems. Violent scenarios like this are currently occurring all over the United States, and in order to prevent further abuse, immediate action needs to take place. To remove child abuse victims from a threatening environment, current solutions for child abuse need to be reformed due to lack of effectiveness. The fact of the matter is that the staggering amounts of children going through abuse exceed the capabilities of child protection services. Child abuse is a serious topic that involves the physical, sexual, or emotional mistreatment or neglect of a child or children and although many organizations have been created to try and assist child abuse victims, the results aren’t as successful as they should be. The U.S Department of Health and Human (HHS) report that “CPS agencies in 2007 received 3.2 million reports of suspected child abuse and neglect” (Better Funding…). The number of child abuse victims is upsetting, yet the number of children who actually receive services is even more surprising. According to an HHS report, “More than a third (37.9%) of child victims receive no services, and “the efforts of the CPS system have not been successful in preventing subsequent victimization”” (Better Funding…). This shows how our current system has failed to protect more than one million children. However, the protection of these children is not impossible. Past home visiting services have been successful, and . A study conducted by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency has proved that parents who join support groups reduce child maltreatment and other risk factors (Better...