Child Abuse And Its Effects On Children

1256 Words Dec 16th, 2015 6 Pages
Haley Smith
English 2
10 November 2015

Child Abuse

Hundreds of thousands of children in the United States are estimated to be victims of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse. Although society recognizes the harm caused by the abuse and neglect of children, many cases go unreported. Moreover, many of the reported cases result in little or no change in the child’s situation. Questions about what should be considered child abuse, when to report suspected abuse, and the proper steps to take to remedy child abuse are hard to answer and are hotly debated among parents, educators, law enforcement, lawmakers, and child advocates. Approximately 1 out of 5 children die every day from child abuse, most people think its child abuse when a parent spanks a child for punishment but it’s not. Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, 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. Spanking a child for doing something wrong to me is okay as long as it’s for a good reason and they understand what they are getting in trouble for. Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. When most people hear the term sexual abuse, they think of the child molestation. As mentioned however, sexual abuse is a…
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