February 19, 2014
Christian TriolaProtecting those can’t Protect Themselves
In the United States, a report of child abuse is made every second. Even worse than that, more than four children die per day as a result of child abuse. So why were these children not saved? Not all acts of child abuse are reported, even when someone notices it. Maybe it is because they do not want to jump to conclusion or they are scared. But imagine being that child, and how scared they are. Wouldn’t you want someone to notice if it were you? If we learn these signs and everyone promises to help these children, we will be able to help stop child abuse and protect these innocent children. Noticing the symptoms of child abuse can be a difficult thing for people to recognize and I hope that everyone is able to see the symptoms of child abuse. There are a few different types of child abuse that a child may experience. When most people think of abuse, they think of the physical abuse these children go through. There are many visible and obvious symptoms to physical child abuse. The child will have unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns. The child will not want anyone to touch them, and they will flinch from sudden movements. They are afraid to go home and will often not want to leave school or anywhere they can avoid the physical abuse they are going through. Another type of abuse towards a child is emotional abuse. This is when the person constantly belittles the child and makes them feel unwanted. They may call the child names or make negative comparisons to others. This also included a parent showing no affection towards their child- no hugs, kisses, or positive words. Children who experience emotional abuse will be afraid that there are constantly doing something wrong. Their behaviors may be extreme in one way or another. They will be either extremely passive or aggressive. These children may also act extremely infantile. When a child is not properly cared for, the child...
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