28 November 2012
Prevent Child Abuse
Are we doing enough to prevent child abuse? Is the government and social services doing the right things to prevent child abuse? Children are suffering from a national epidemic of child abuse and neglected. “According to a report in May 2010 from United States Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, approximately 772,000 children were found to be victim of child maltreatment in 2008; 71.1% suffered neglect; 16.1% were physically abused; 9.1% were sexually abused, and 7.3% were psychologically maltreated. These figures only represents reported cases of abuse literally thousands more go unreported each year.” (National Child Abuse Statistics) These statistics are too high and there need to be changes to overcome this problem. As a parent you are expected to take care of your children and treat them the right way. Sometimes this is not always the case and children end up being abused in their home were they are supposed to feel safe and love. Every day a child is abused and may lose his or her life. Prevention of abuse is the only way to stop innocent children from more dangerous and abusive maltreatments. In order to prevent child abuse we should be aware of the different kinds of abuse, ways social services can help, and how to prevent child maltreatment. Some readers may argue that the majority of child abuse victims are not counted in official statistics because most abused and neglected children never come to the attention of authorities. Others argue that the numbers actually create the impressions that the problem is more severe than it actually is. However, while some debate the precision of the statistics, few dispute the harm that child abuse can cause on them. Some children die of neglect and abuse, most of the victims survive with mental scars that stay with them thorough their lives forever. There are four major types of child abuse: physical...