Abused And Neglected Children

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Abused and Neglected Children

Amber Sperlbaum

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Semester Project

“I never thought much of myself” said Jennifer. “I do not know why, but I just figured I was not worth much”; Jennifer was a young girl who was trapped in the lifestyle of her two alcoholic parents. Jennifer 's father would beat her and neglect her, while her mother kept sipping down alcohol, watching Jennifer suffer. Jennifer 's childhood was ripped away from her, however even though the pain from her childhood has made her a stronger person as an adult, no child should ever have to endure the fear to live day to day. (IHOPE Foundation).

Each year, nearly a million children are determined by child protective services to be the victims of abuse and/or neglect in this country, while many more are at risk. It is estimated that in this country we will spend billions a year on direct and indirect effects of child abuse and neglect ( IHOPE Foundation).

The numbers are staggering; every six minutes a child is being abused (Child Welfare Information Gateway).In addition, nearly five children die each day as a result of abuse or neglect ( Child Welfare Information Gateway). Child abuse is a growing epidemic in the world that not many people like to talk about. Child abuse comes in various forms, such as emotional, physical, sexual, and neglect. Child abuse is hard to define because people all have different views…
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