Think deep of how abuse can hurt or damage a child mentally and physically. The victim can end up living with a life of long-term suffering consequences. There are many kinds of abuse: physical abuse, neglect, psychological or emotional and “custodial interference” (CDC, 1). Imagine the harmful effects that abuse brings to a child. It has been shown that 1,770 children from infancy to early child hood have died from physical abuse. Psychological disorders in another study show 80 percent of children to teens were diagnostic with one or more psychiatric disorders by 21 years of age. It’s no surprise that the harmful percentages shown have a huge affect on the victim’s behavior. Not all abused children suffer from long-term consequences; the victims that do suffer from it have serious physical health, psychological and behavioral issues. Paying more attention to this serious issue can save a lot of lives and help a great deal of people. “An estimated 763,000 children were confirmed by Child Protective Services as being victims of maltreatment in 2009” (DHHS, 2011). Child maltreatment is a term used to describe all forms of child abuse and neglect. Physical, sexual, neglect and emotional/ psychological abuse are some of the main forms of child maltreatment. The consequences can also affect the child in a combination of ways. “Physical consequences, such as damage to a child's growing brain, can have psychological implications such as cognitive delays or emotional difficulties” (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2). The different combinations can be affected be following: * The child’s age and when the abuse started
* The type of abuse
* How long the abuse lasted throughout the day and the “severity” (CWIG, 3) * The victims abuser
Serious conditions of abuse can damage a child for almost the rest of their life or the child can cope with the situation. Even if both victims suffer from similar kinds of abuse, it depends on the type of...
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