Communication Studies

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Name: shammoy brown|
Communication Studies|
Can victims of Child Abuse be a potential regressive element in the Jamaican society?| |
Child Abuse|
Center number:100108|

Territory: Jamaica|

Table of Contents
Contents……………………………………………………………………………………….....1 General introduction……………………………………………………………………………..2 Preface………………………………………………………………………………………….3 ‘The Silent Years’………………………………………………………………………………..4 Analysis…………………………………………………………………………………………8 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………....10 Bibliography.................................................................................................................................11 Appendix......................................................................................................................................12

General Introduction
The theme of this portfolio is Child abuse, the researcher seeks to understand and explain the impacts of abuse on a child’s growth and development, due to the recent awareness that Jamaica has a child abuse problem and this causes concern as it is a rapidly growing issue. Personally, the researcher knows victim of child abuse so therefore by doing this research she has gained knowledge on how to assist them with needed information by referring them to the institutions and facilities that offer professional help. Also through doing this she has recognized how to identify child abuse and educate those around her on what is deemed fit as child abuse. Academically, this internal assessment is an integral part of this course, it accounts for 20% of the final examination grade administrated by the Caribbean Examination Council. The researcher hopes to achieve the highest grade possible contributing to her successful passing of this course. The researcher holds interest in the field of child psychology and in the long run to become a psychiatrist specializing in children. The theme child abuse was presented in both the expository and reflection sections. As an expository piece, it focused on the impacts abuse has on a child’s becoming a regressive element in the Jamaican society while the reflective piece focused on a situation which takes place every so often in today’s society where a child is abused by a step-parent.

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The Preface
Child abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional mistreatment or neglect of a child. Child abuse can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. In the reflective piece entitled ‘The Silent Years’ the writer clearly express’ deep concerns in regard to abuse, specially child sexual abuse when committed by a person in the family that should be protecting the child and looking out for his or her best interest but instead causes harm to the child’s well-being. The purpose is to highlight the many forms of abuse children face and also to bring to the forefront solution to prevent this. The intended audience includes all parents and step parents who abuse their children either physically, emotionally, sexually or simple neglect. The medium used in the form of a poem also serves best and most effective way of informing and educating the intended audience. Having been inspired by many cruel acts of abuse and its negative effects, the writer seeks to properly inform parents and other persons of the harsh impacts it can impose on the individual.

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Reflection Piece: The Silent Years

Morning and night these tears I cry
The pain inside it leaves me dry
Beaten, abused and sometimes left for death
Scars on my body so I would not forget

Thinking back on the good old days
Where the sun would shine and it never rained
When my feet could walk in tender peace
Happiness was gone, it all now ceased.

Laugh lines turned into downward wrinkles
Sorrow and stress are my companion
This once happy home now, only a mess

Due to time and a certain stranger
Out of senseless...
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