Child Abuse And Criminal Behavior

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ABSTRACT Child abuse and neglect are considered a social phenomenon that plays a crucial role in American society as well as in the American criminal justice system. All types of ages, genders, ethnicities at some point or another are represented as victims or perpetrators of child abuse or neglect. Child abuse includes physical, psychological and sometimes sexual abuse to a person who is below the age of 18. Child abuse or neglect victims tend to grow up with long terms consequences such as low self-esteem, depression, and other major consequences such as engaging in criminal behavior as adults, teen pregnancy and not to mention the severity of physical child abuse consequences can end up in a death of an innocent victim. This literature…show more content…
Often victims of child abuse suffer from posttraumatic disorder, which according to Mayo Clinic a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group posttraumatic disorder is defined as “A mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event either experiencing or witnessing (Mayo clinic staff 2014). Victims who deal with psychological disorder not always commit violent crimes but instead victims tend to depend on drugs, alcohol to try to live their lives day by day, as time goes on these individuals tend to be classified as drug addicts or alcoholics. The fact that individuals depend on alcohol and drugs can lead them to ended up living in the streets and becoming what we know as the “homeless” often these individuals the lack of resources to buy drugs or alcohol lead them to commit property crimes and lead them to be processed into the criminal justice system as offenders. According to Exploring the Role of Child Abuse in Later Drug Abuse “As many as two-thirds of all people in treatment for drug abuse report that they were physically, sexually, or emotionally abuse, and witnessing or being threatened with violence or other abuse”. (Neil Swan 1998). As has been noted individuals who abuse substances and alcohol are not regular people…show more content…
Providing proper help for child abuse victims it can be considered a very expensive situation to deal with, I thinks raising charities to help victims of child abuse providing them with more health, care, resources and offering them proper academic education are some of the possible solutions that I was able to came out with and I think it will make a difference in the life of the victims of child abuse and neglect. Experts who deal with this kind of social problems should also be able to help victims of child abuse and neglect to pursue a higher education instead of letting them struggle on their own. As I mentioned before some perpetrators get prosecuted for harming poor defenseless children, I believe laws and regulations should be applied hard on them so people watch and learn that abusing a child is not just a mild offense instead they will be facing hard consequences. Therefore, analyzing the link between child abuse and criminal behavior as adults can lead to an extensive amount of outcomes and possible solutions. But finding a possible way how to effectively offer help to these
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