Yaneli L. California

Child Abuse

Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. Most abused children suffer greater emotional than physical damage. An abused child may become depressed. He or she may withdraw, think of suicide or become violent. Hundreds of thousands of children are physically abused each year by a parent or close relative. Thousands actually die as a result of the abuse.

 As a student I believe that child abuse is a lead to strong deaths and very painful deaths. I also believe that child abuse can lead to disaster such as killing each other for abusing each other. Child abuse is when a parent or a caregiver whether through action or failing to act, causes injuries, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child. There are many forms of child maltreatment, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse. Physical abuse includes pulling hair, choking, kicking, throwing, shoving, biting, whipping, or any action that is hurting a child.

 Even if the caregiver didn’t mean to cause injury. When a child is getting injured and getting hurt it's considered child abuse. Physical abuse causes bruises, blisters, burns and other injuries on the child’s body. There’s also signs of physical abuse like if a parent can't explain why the kid is injured or explains it in a way that doesn’t make sense. Another sign is when the the parent is not letting the child go to church, school, and clubs. There’s 28.3% of adults that report being physically abused as a child. 20.7% of adults report being sexually abused a child.

If you ever see someone abusing a child that just looks wrong to you immediately call the police or your local child welfare agency because child abuse is a serious problem and we need to stop it.

For those who survive the emotional trauma remains long after the external bruises have healed. Communities and the courts recognize that these emotional hidden bruises can be treated. Children who are being abused may display a poor self image, anger and rage, school problems of failure and many more. Physical abuse is not the only kind of abuse. Many children are also victims of neglect, or sexual abuse, or emotional abuse. In all kinds of child abuse.

I’m going to give you some tips on child abuse prevention.

1. Volunteer your time. Get more involved with other parents in your community. Start a playgroup to help vulnerable children and their families.

2. Examine your behavior. Abuse is not just physical. Both words and actions can inflict deep, lasting wounds. Be a nurturing parent. Use your actions to show children and other adults that conflicts can be settled without hitting or yelling.

3. Educate yourself and others. SImple support for children and parents can be the best way to prevent child abuse. A good way to keep your child safe from harm are after school activities, parent education classes, mentoring programs. Be a voice in support of these efforts in your community.

I just gave you three but there's many more child abuse prevention on stopping child abuse.

Yaneli L.

Lakeview MIddle School

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