Child Abuse

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Doug mikel
Child Abuse
Sociology 111 Tues./Thurs. 8a-9:15a
Tina Harrell

Imagine living a life you fear, one you have to keep a secret. Always pretending to be happy and carefree when deep down thinking, "Please don 't let this day be the last." Living in a house where painful marks and scars are hidden by long sleeves, and jeans. Looking over your shoulder wondering when the next assault is going to be. “Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4.” (Prevent Child Abuse America: Current Trends in Child Abuse Reporting & Fatalities: The 2000 Fifty State Survey) Child abuse is a terrible problem well known not only in America, but also around the
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Child sexual abuse is a form of a child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent use a child for sexual acts. Psychological abuse is like emotional abuse or mental abuse characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another to a certain behavior.
It breaks my heart to know that child abuse has a history and throughout history children have been subjected to extensive physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. I believe that the views of child abuse has changed over the years for it has left the home from being a private issue to a public issue where different agencies are involved in order to resolve the child abuse and neglect issue. Agencies that take part in investigating and preventing child abuse in today’s time are the Family and Protective Services, SCAN, and several more agencies that are committed to stopping child abuse and neglect.
Pelzer’s story is like many other cases of abuse and neglect that are never told. When he was a child in the 1960 's, statistics show that reported cases reached 60,000. In 1970, it showed a rise of over 500%, not including the unknown cases not reported. Today, 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States every year, involving nearly 6 million children. The United States has the worst record in the industrialized nation losing five children every day due to abuse related deaths
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