Child abuse is a very common thing in today's society, although not much is heard about it. The abuse mostly happens in the home where the bruises can be hidden. The emotional and physical scars are hidden behind clothes, makeup and lies. There are four different types of abuse suffered every day by children in all types of environments. The four different types are physical, sexual, emotional and psychological. The abuse leaves scars with kids for the rest of their lives, physical scars which can be seen, but believe or not, the ones that cause the most pain are the emotional scars, the scars that last forever.
There are many ways that physical abuse can happen. It can happen anywhere, whether it is at home or out in public. Physical abuse is basically physical injuring a child with bad intentions. The parents have no official reason to harm the kids. Physical abuse can be the result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning, or even shaking them. Abuse in general is not only morally wrong but also avoided. Physical abused children do not fit any type of stereotype so it can be hard to spot out. Also, abusers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and sexes. There are many signs of physical abuse. First the location and types of injuries, many times the parent or will deny that they did anything wrong or the child has suffered any injury. There are always those injuries that involve things that a child does, such as falling of their bike or bumping their head. Then, there are those which they cannot be explained. When parents deny any injuries or claim they do not about them, there’s a big chance that there is abuse going on.
Here’s a story on sexual abuse I heard and will never forget. There was a boy who was kidnapped from his yard at the age of 7. For 10 years he was kept as a sex slave and treated as if he was an animal. He was told by the kidnapper, Mitchell, that his parents didn't want him anymore and had given him to his kidnapper. He was also told that he had been legally adopted and his real parents had moved away. Since he was so young, he actually believed it. Finally 10 years later, he was told to grab another 5 year old kid when he was walking home from school. Then when he got him in the car, Mitch told the little boy to shut up and that his parents asked him to pick him up from school and take care of him for a while.
Finally, the now 17 year old boy realized that Mitch had lied to him all these years and that he too had been stolen. Later that night, the boy, who only could remember his name as "Stephen" was able to sneak away with the new little boy. They got as far as the Police station and the younger boy ran in and told the police. The police ran out and captured Stephen right away. They believed that Stephen had kidnapped the boy. Finally after hours of questioning Stephen, he told them of his own story of being kidnapped 10 years earlier. Stephen was reunited with his still mourning family. It wasn't until days later that the truth came out about all of the sexual abuse. Because of the encouragement from the police, Stephen told the judge everything that Mitch did to him. After the trial came, Mitch was convicted and was sentenced to 22 months in prison.
When I first heard this story I couldn’t believe it. I was actually surprised that that child would actually believe him. I feel as if his parents didn’t raise him as well as they should have because any child should know that what was happening wasn’t right. I understand that the boy was young and there wasn’t really much he could do but as a parent I would make sure my child would know right from wrong and never believe strangers without my eye-to-eye approval. It took him a whole 10 years to realize that it was all just a big lie. The times that take place in this word are indescribable....