A Child Called It
Child abuse has become a huge problem in America today. Nearly five children die every day in America from abuse and neglect. 1 In 2011, an estimated 1,570 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States.2 In the same year, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country served over 279,000 child victims of abuse, providing victim advocacy and support to these children and their families. In 2012, this number was nearly 287,000. 3 That’s why I have chosen to take this class, because this is the population I will be working with in the future. I wanted to get some information on what’s the best way of working with these type of children and how I can help them in any way possible. When assigned to read “A Child Called it” I didn’t think anything of it, cause I have read it before, But while reading it this time there were several things that affected me to the core of my being, so much so, that I had to put the book down and come back when I wasn’t so emotionally charged. In the following essay I will go into detail about these instances and mention several chances for people in the community, in the family and school staff to reach out and help David get out of this horrible situation, but instead chose to turn a blind eye and let the torture continue. I stated previously, I have read this book before, since I was working with juvenile probation in the halls and in the camps and many of the kids I came into contact with had dealt with some sort or abuse or neglect in their childhood at one point. The kids I worked with all kept talking about these books, so I bought them and read the whole series. I couldn’t put these books down. The Auther, David Peltzer, brings you into his world and you as a reader can almost feel his pain and hurt. When I read the book this time it was even more painful for me, since I have my own child now, a boy who is 5 ½ now and about the age of David when his life changed and the abuse, neglect and torture started. One of the first things that struck me while reading the book was why David’s family went from a happy “normal family,” to family that was dysfunctional and abusive in a fairly short time. David’s mother was loving and caring and a woman that took them out and showed them places and taught them many things. She was a warm and loving mother that turned to his worst nightmare almost overnight. He mentioned alcohol and a family death but, I wonder if these were the only stressors? I wonder if his mother had a mental disorder or depression. Also why David was the only child that was abused at first? His role in his family was the scapegoat. David received all the emotions of the family. In the other books you learn that his mother started to abuse his other siblings as time went on and she didn’t have David as the scapegoat. The second thing that I thought was interesting was David’s fathers never stood up to his wife and he allowed her to abuse and torture David without doing one thing to stop her. His father even stated he would rescue David, which gave him hope, so why did his father never do anything to help his son? Was it because he was a drunk and was unable to take care of his children himself, because he was scared or because he just didn’t know what to do? Why didn’t David’s father grow some balls and stand up for his family and make sure his wife wasn’t being an abuser? David’s father and mother’s dynamics would be called Dependant-Dominant. His father was also under control of his mother. His father knew what was going on, because he would see the results of the daily beatings or abuse. He would see that David was being kept separate and treated different, why didn’t he do anything? This baffles me as a parent. I couldn’t stand by and watch my son be abused, starved and tortured. David’s father was the bread winner, he could of easily took his children and went away to some place safe. David’s mother offered nothing to the...
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