Child Abuse: Physical

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Child Abuse: Physical

One day on a drive in San Jose, California, a man and his female co-worker heard a moan coming from the back seat. The man then glanced into the back seat and saw nothing. His female co-worker then started to act suspiciously and turned up the volume on her radio trying to disguise the moans coming from the car. Later, that day the concerned man called the authorities to report this, and his female co-worker was arrested on child endangerment on her two sons, after they told authorities she would occasionally lock them in the trunk while she was at work.1

There are many ways that physical abuse can come about. It can happen anywhere, whether it is at home or in public. Physical child abuse is defined as physical injury inflicted upon the child with cruel and/or malicious intent. Physical abuse can be the result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning, shaking, or otherwise harming a child physically. There is not only physical abuse but there is emotional abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Abuse in general is not only morally wrong but also shunned upon. As child abuse is one of the leading reasons for childhood deaths, the United States as a whole should be more informed and educated on this subject, so they know how to react when it comes around and help prevent it in the future.

Physical child abuse is characterized by physical injury, usually inflicted as a result or a beating or inappropriately harsh discipline.2 Child abuse is not always easy to pick out, but there is many signs to help, first being if the child's grades are below normal. The child's grades will drop in a very short period, the student may have a hard time concentrating to bring the grades up and the quality of the 1 work will decrease over time. Second, the child develops anti-social behavior at school, which is brought on by fear of adults. This can include authority figures and strangers. The adults necessarily do not have to harm the children for them to be scared, but the constant worry that they are going to get in trouble may keep them on edge. Third, the student constantly gets in trouble at school. Many children after they have been either sexually or physically abused have no care to get back on track with life; they use it as a crutch to have a reason to act the way they do. Some students will continue to get in trouble with the school authorities often inflicted with violence to there fellow peers. Last, the child has unexplained burns, cuts, bruises, bite marks, or welts. If a teacher seeks any of these signs in her classroom or in the school system, it is illegal for him/her to not to turn it in to the office. For if something was to occur with that certain situation and the school system finds out, the teacher will be disciplined and/or potentially fired.

Why is there child abuse? That is a question that is in a lot of minds. Some may have very biased opinions on it. When rightfully there is only one answer to child abuse, and that is to stop! Many of the reasons researchers say that child abuse exist in our society is not because the child did something wrong, but because of the abusers them selves. First, and the most common reason that studies have shown that a large proportion of parents who abuse their children were themselves physically or emotionally mistreated in childhood3 by an adult that is close to them. The abusers normally targets the child as a form jealousy. Second, is the abusers are under the influence of drugs and or alcohol. “Parents addicted to drugs and alcohol are clever at hiding their addiction and often are more concerned about losing their access to drugs and being punished than losing custody of their children.”4 Being on drugs definitely effects the abusers mind, it will emotionally overtake the sensible decision making, and indefinably they will make decisions they will regret once down from there 'high'. “Fifty percent to 75 percent of child maltreatment...
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