“Child abuse and neglect, the story behind the story”
Ivy Tech Community College
Carmeleta Cook and Nichole Rance
28 February 2013
Child abuse and neglect, the story behind the story
The effects of child abuse and neglect go beyond the family structure. This purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with an informative outlook on child abuse and neglect. This paper will discuss the impact of child abuse and neglect, the three R’s, and a summary of the state of Indiana’s child law. The reader will then have a well-rounded viewpoint of child abuse and neglect.
In order to further analyze child abuse and neglect let’s first define these two terms. The definitions of child abuse and child neglect are somewhat similar. Both are forms of child maltreatment. However, a major distinguishing factor is the visible indications of either a physical symptom and the lacking of a physical necessity. For example, child abuse is related more to the physical and mental well-being, whereas child neglect looks more at the deficit of meeting a child’s basic need.
Child abuse is defined as both the intentional and unintentional mistreatment of a child. There are four common categories of child abuse seen on a regular basis by today’s society. Those basic types of child abuse include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and psychological abuse and neglect.
Some people believe that child abuse only occur in a physical and visible form. That is not always the case because physical abuse is defined as excessive physical violence shown to a child by hit in areas of the body for no reason. The second major type of child abuse commonly known in today’s society is sexual abuse. When looking at sexual abuse does not always mean being raped. It can also mean that a child or children are being touched inappropriate are even being talk to inappropriately by people such as
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