Ever wonder why the society has so much crime inhabiting it, living off pain from others? If yelling and hitting a child is used as a punishment, then how do you know when youve gone too far? Every time a child is hit, it makes the child even more eligible to become tomorrows criminal. With every scream, every put down, every hit and every inappropriate touch, the child is more likely to have a less successful life as an adult. This is child abuse and its staring us in the face as a problem we can lessen just by paying attention to it.
The physical injury or ill-treatment of a child under the age of eighteen by a person who is responsible for the childs wellbeing under circumstances which indicate that the childs health or wellbeing is harmed or threatened thereby is the definition of child physical abuse, defined by The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (Newton). Alone, the effects of child abuse on a child are far more than anyone could imagine. There are over forty effects that can be caused by physical child abuse, such as social withdrawal, substance abuse, learning problems, eating disorders, depression and many worse that can also led up to suicide attempts or suicide itself (Newton). Not only do the children have effects from the abuse, but it can also follow the child to their adulthood. Leaving the adult with problems such as abuse of their own children, depression, obesity, gastrointestinal distress or symptoms and much more as well (Newton). Physical abuse is easier to see than any other abuse there is. Signs of physical abuse include bruises or welts shaped like an object for example a belt, layers of different colored bruises in the same general area, small round burns from cigarettes. Burns in the shape of an object like an iron and such, rope burns on ankles, wrists, or torso and also suspicious fractures. (Facts About
The safest environment for a child (that is, the family environment with the lowest risk ratio of physical abuse) is one in which the biological parents are married and the family has always been intact. The rate of abuse is six times higher in the second-safest environment: the blended family in which the divorced mother has remarried. The rate of abuse is fourteen times higher if the child is living with a biological mother who lives alone. The rate of abuse is twenty times higher if the child is living with a biological father who lives alone. The rate of abuse is twenty times higher if the child is living with biological parents who are not married but are cohabiting. The rate of abuse is thirty-three times higher if the child is living with a mother who is cohabiting with another man. This is found by the Family Education Trust in Great Britain about particular types of family structures and abuse, accumulating clear data on family configuration in actual cases of abuse from 1982 to 1988. (Hurley)
Failure to provide for a childs basic needs, physical, emotional and/or educational is child neglect, defined by The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. An example of physical neglect would be to refuse or delay the seeking of health care. The allowance of chronic truancy, failure to enroll a child of mandatory school age in school, and failure to attend to a special educational need is educational neglect. Emotional neglect can include spouse abuse in front of the child, permission to use drugs and/or alcohol and to ignore the childs need for attention and affection (Newton). Signs of Neglect are a child who is hungry much of the time, a child wandering outdoors unsupervised, a child unsuitably dressed for the weather, a child who is continually dirty or wearing the same soiled clothes, and also a child who shows up early or stays late at school (Facts About
Fourteen-point-four percent of all men in the United States prison were abused as children and thirty-six-point-seven percent of all women in the United States prison where abused as children. National statistics indicate that seventy-nine percent of children are killed at an young of four or younger, due to abuse. One-thousand five-hundred children die each year from child abuse, making that be four children die every day. Being arrested as a juvenile is fifty-nine percent more likely to happen to children who have been abused and neglected. It is twenty-eight percent more likely to be arrested as an adult and thirty percent more likely to commit a violent crime to children who have been abused and neglected. (US Department
Acts or an omission by the parents or other caregivers that have caused, or could cause, serious behavioral, cognitive (the process of knowing), emotional and/or mental disorders is defined as emotional abuse by The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Emotional abuse is extremely hard to prove seeing that there is no physical evidence of any harm to the child. Parents or caregivers may use strange forms of punishment such as making a child stay in a dark closet. They may also use less severe acts like rejecting treatment or even belittling of the child (Newton). Signs of emotional abuse are a child who: is apathetic, suffers from depression, won't take part in play or school activities, is often hostile or aggressive, compulsively overeats, and a child with a loss of appetite (Facts About
Interactions between a child and an adult when the child is being used for sexual encouragement of the perpetrator when the perpetrator is in a position of power or control over the victim is defined as sexual abuse by The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (Newton). The effects of sexual abuse is well over forty and may also follow the victim to adulthood. Effects as a child may include prostitution, guilt, uncharacteristically early development in maturity with sexualization and also runaway behavior are just a few of the effects on the child (Newton). When reaching adulthood the sexual abuse effects could be unintended pregnancy, confusion of sexuality and nurturing behavior, self-mutilation, involvement in physically abusive relationships, and also suicide are effects from the sexual abuse that follow the child to adulthood (Newton). Withdrawal or anti-social attitude, refusal to undress for physical education or sports, fear of intimate contact (hugging or sports) and also torn, stained, or bloodied clothing are just some signs of sexual abuse (Facts About
Not all Child Molesters are Pedophiles. Some Child Molesters are sexual predators that prefer adult victims but attack a child because an opportunity appears. Such situational child molesters are believed to be the most common kind of offender but the least likely to abuse large numbers of children. Instead, the most worrisome sort of offender is the pedophile who molests, known to law enforcement officials as a preferential child molester. Sexual offenders are not only strangers. They can include parents, grandparents, siblings, other family members, stepparents, family friends and other responsible adults in close contact with children such as teacher, Scout leaders, clergymen, and coaches. Only 1 to 10 percent of child molestation cases are ever reported to police. The number of false child-abuse accusations exceeds one million per year. (Winters).
A child molester and a pedophile may seem exactly the same to some people but in reality, they are different but often confused with each other. A child molester is anyone who sexually touches a child (CMRPI). The cause is one of the following: an older child's curiosity, a mental or medical condition, or an antisocial's lack of feeling for others, or a pedophile's ongoing sexual interest in children. When tested, his results will show that he has no sexual interest in children, if he sexually touched a child because he was: a sexually curious older child, suffering from a mental or medical condition, or an antisocial using people. A curious child responds to family advice about what is sexually appropriate. A person with a psychotic episode or organic brain syndrome, or stroke responds to medicine for the major condition. A mentally challenged person or an antisocial responds to increased supervision. (CMRPI).
A pedophile on the other hand is someone with a disorder to sexually touch children (CMRPI). The cause is an ongoing or chronic sexual interest in children. The person suffers from a disorder called pedophilia. When tested, because he or she has recurrent sexual fantasies, sexual urges or has sexually touched a child because of an ongoing sexual drive toward children, he or she will test positive for a sexual interest in children. A pedophile has a paraphilia and responds to tests, medicines, and therapies directed at that disorder. (CMRPI).
It is two and a half times more likely to abuse alcohol and three-point-eight times more likely to become addicted to drugs for children who have been sexually abused. Of the reported rapes of children under twelve years old, ninety percent of the victims knew the perpetrator (US Department
). One in five boys and one in three girls are sexually abused by an adult at some time during their childhood. A stranger is usually not the abuser to many peoples surprise, it is usually an adult close to the child such as family or someone they know (Facts About
). Sixty-seven percent of all victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies were juveniles (under the age of eighteen). Thirty-four percent of all victims were under age twelve. One of every seven victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies were under age six. Forty percent of the offenders who victimized children under age six were juveniles (under the age of eighteen) (BJS).
There are many different types of child abuse, physical, neglect, emotional and sexual. They all carry effects with them, harming the child in some way and also following the child up to their adulthood making living even harder. Relationships with others become harder and trust is diminished. Statistics rise and fall each day but they will never be completely gone, for that would be almost impossible. Children are the next generation and are evidently our future, so why must we abuse our future? With every scream, every put down, every hit and every inappropriate touch, the child is more likely to become a criminal and our future is threatened. This is child abuse and its staring us in the face as a problem we can lessen just by paying attention to it.