Ghida al Messelmani
How can someone abuse a defenseless child? That question is usually asked every time we hear about such thing. Child abuse is one of the most terrible, saddest and most tragic problems that each society suffers from. It occurs in all income, racial, religious, and ethnic groups and in urban and rural communities. It is, however, more common in some groups, especially those below the poverty line. It is a serious problem that plagues youth all around the world. Each year an estimated percentage of children around the world are being beaten, neglected, or sexually and emotionally abused by their parents or guardian.
Every child has the right to be in a safe home, instead of having to fear for their lives daily. According to social agencies, beatings of children have multiplied over the past twenty years and are still increasing to the moment. Most people, who abuse their children, think that they are not doing anything wrong because they see it as a form of discipline. They might break their child’s arm, leg or even cause those severe injuries and all of that because they fail to realize the difference between spanking a child and trying to kill him/her. Any physical abuse, whether by hand or life-threatening weapon like a knife or gun, could cause mental and physical impairment, disfigurement and chronic scars. Physical abusive parents act out of anger and the desire of assert control to teach their children to respect and fear them. But all what those parents are teaching their children is how to be aggressive.
Child neglect is sometimes included in legal definitions of child abuse to cover instances of malnutrition, desertion, and inadequate care of a child's safety. This failure of providing the necessities that every child needs, like food, clothes, water, supervision and a shelter, endangers the child’s physical health, well-being, psychological growth and development. Moreover, physical neglect can severely impact...
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