Child Abuse

child abuse is something that happens to a lot of kids in this country. The kids usually get abused by someone in their family and it needs to stop.

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing to you because I would like you to be aware that child abuse is a problem in our country. Below are are some facts about child abuse that I would you to know.

Child abuse is a very serious matter because it is the cause of death for many minors. 93% of little children in this world get abused and die. According to an article about 5 children each day die from child abuse. Parents have to take care of their children until they get older and move into their own place. A lot of parents can be mentally ill, so they just sexually abuse their children. As they grow older they will never forget that they were sexually abused as little tots. It changes their life from being abused from their birth parents as little people when they were younger. According to this article I found that “More than 2.5 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States annually with hundreds of deaths related to child abuse reported each year.” The children probably wonder why are they getting abused by their birth parents. Parents as a kid were abused by their parents so the parents now abuse their little ones to make themselves feel better about themselves. Child Abuse is a very serious problem and a way to deal with it is to talk with someone, maybe talk to a police officer on the phone or talk to someone who deals with child abuse and is a professional at this kind of thing.

When kids get abused they usually get bruises, or burns or scratches or marks on their back, or they get whipped with a belt and that leaves a mark. When the little children get abused they usually get abused by their caretakers or adopted parents or birth parents or someone in their family. When their parents beat them so hard the child can get fractures in their ribs, legs, arms etc. One of the causes of abuse is domestic violence and substance abuse. Some of the effects are broken bones or even death. If the kid lives in a household where the male parent decides to abuse their children, most likely the female parent will abuse them too. If the kiddie’s are suffering too long from being abused by both of their parents that are mentally ill, the suffering can lead into deeper emotional scars. If the parents abuse their child for no reason 24/7 then the children need to find a phone and talk to someone. I also found in another article that a couple of ways to stop child abuse from happening is “Simple support for children and parents can be the best way to prevent child abuse. After-school activities, parent education classes, mentoring programs, or respite care are some of the many ways to keep children safe from harm. Be a voice in support of these efforts in your community. Teach children their rights.”

I don’t support child abuse because kids have to live with mentally ill parents then get hurt by them each day and then the parents break their little children’s bone or they can even kill them.

According to this article “Child abuse occurs when a parent or caretaker physically, emotionally, or sexually abuses, neglects, or abandons a child. Laws regarding child abuse seek to protect children, while at the same time allowing parents the right to raise and discipline their children as they see fit.” Also i found in another article that “Many people have difficulty understanding why any person would hurt a child. The public often assumes that people who abuse their children suffer from mental disorders, but fewer than 10 percent of abusers have mental illnesses. Most abusers love their children but tend to have less patience and less mature personalities than other parents. These traits make it difficult to cope with the demands of their children and increase the likelihood of physical or emotional abuse.”

In closing, we need to stop child abuse because of all the loss or suffering of children in this world. We should prevent child abuse from happening to little children and teenagers. Mr. President, we need your help with funding of educational programs and support groups for parents and children. We need to teach children in school that it’s okay to tell a teacher that they are being hurt at home. 

Lewis Middle School

Ferro, English 8 Cluster

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