The Long Lasting Effects of Child Abuse
Millions of children in the world have dealt with or seen someone they know deal with abuse. There are many different types of abuse. Sexual abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse and neglect are all different types of ways a child can be caused harm. In reading of “Breathing Underwater” by Alex Flinn and “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer, I found that child abuse was a common theme between the two. The main character in each book was abused or harmed in some type of way by their parent. Child abuse can have many long lasting effects on its victims. The way a person is raised plays a major role on the way they deal with things in their adult life such as problems, relationships, and parenting. In this essay, I will explore the positive and negative effects of child abuse.
There are many ways to tell that a child has been abused. Often times there will be bruises and many other apparent marks on the child. But, being that abuse can also be verbal, it is sometimes hard to tell that the child is being abused unless they come out and tell which doesn’t happen very often. For instance, in “Breathing Underwater”, Nick, the main character appeared to be cool to his peers. “I wished, also, to be one-tenth as cool as people thought I was …” (Flinn 25). This shows that he hid the fact that he was being abused very well. Other victims do not hide their abuse as well and have traits such as depression, quietness, submissiveness, and hostility/stress. These traits could stay with them even into adulthood. Other signs of abuse could be an extreme hunger, due to neglect. Even a inappropriate interest in sexual knowledge or acts could be a sign of sexual abuse.
One of the most common effects of child abuse is the psychological impact it will leave on the victim. Child abuse can leave a tremendous impact on a person’s thought process and in some cases even drive the victim insane. In some cases, the victim feels isolated. In “A...
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