Children and Abuse: The Reality
Child abuse is one of the biggest problems facing the world today. Child abuse can be defined as any behavior directed toward a child by a parent, guardian, care giver, other family member, or other adult, that endangers or impairs a child’s physical or emotional health and development. (www.nccafv.org) Children whose parents abuse them often turn to a life of crime, or suffer physical or mental scars. (www.nccafv.org) It is tough for many people to understand why anyone would abuse a child, but it happens more than people think. Children can be put through emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. It is a universally known fact that sexual and emotional abuse is completely wrong, and there is no other prospect to view the matter. However, do people share the same prospect about physical abuse on children? When the issue of physical abuse is mentioned I lean towards Corporal Punishments. Corporal punishment takes many forms, including spanking, shaking, slapping the hands, washing the mouth out with soap, etc. (www.nccafv.org) Parents believe that punishing their child severely is the only method of correcting them. Although in my opinion, corporal punishment is not an appropriate method of correcting children. Young children desire our affection and require a bit of our time. (helpguide.org) It is agreed that children do make mistakes, sometimes mistakes that even lead to severe consequences; nevertheless corporal punishment is not the best method to correct them. Things such as: spanking, shaking, slapping the hands, etc. can later lead to bigger and more severe things. Children who were abused when they were young are more likely to be abusive when they grow up. Some studies have shown that thirty percent of abused children grow up to be abusive parents. (www.childhelp.og) Children who were not abused and grow up to have children are much less likely to be abusive parents, only two to three percent of people will be abusive....
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