Child Abuse Is Not Gone Away

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“Every five minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies from violence. Millions more are in danger of physical, emotional (neglect) and sexual abuse that could destroy their childhoods forever” (Beckham). Sadly, this is not a shocking fact, because child abuse is a very big issue in our world. The problem with child abuse and neglect is that someone is harming a child, most likely their own, and they don’t care about it. In the novel Frankenstein, Shelley argues that child abuse and neglect are unethical and that no one should be abused. This concept is scattered all over the book, because throughout the whole story, Victor is running from or yelling at his monster. Shelley’s argument is still valid today because child abuse has not…show more content…
According to ChildLife, a child abuse hotline in Pennsylvania, there were more than 400 child deaths due to abuse between 2010 and 2014, and approximately 29,273 cases of abuse in the year in 2014 (Routh).

One aspect of child abuse that makes it so bad is that people who are guilty of child abuse do not always do it on purposefully. For example, in July of 2011, Jaren Hare, age 21, was charged with manslaughter, third-degree murder and child neglect. Her 2 year old daughter had been killed by their python. According to the St. Petersburg Times, the snake was underfed, and when it escaped from the cage, was found in the morning wrapped around the baby. When Ms. Hare’s boyfriend found the lifeless child, there were fang marks on her arms and forehead (Anton). This is seen as unethical because we could argue if this is or is not the mother’s fault since she had a python in the same house as a baby. Even though the mother didn’t put the python in the crib with the baby, the very fact that she left a baby unsupervised counts as neglect and abuse. Now she has to face the consequence of losing her child.

Another sad aspect about child abuse is that the people who commit child abuse are not always the parents. In this instance, the mothers of several children gave permission for two strangers
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