Child Abuse Prevention And Treatment Act

1159 Words Apr 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Child Abuse Crisis in America
What is the difference between discipline and abuse? The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), (42 U.S.C.A. §5106g), as amended and reauthorized by the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum: “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm (What Is Child Abuse, U.S.).” When applied by legal and mental health professionals in real-world situations, however, the definition of abuse may vary according to the developmental age of the child victim, the frequency or intensity of the behaviors regarded as abusive, the degree of intentionality, and a consideration of extenuating circumstances (Child Abuse, Primavera). Discipline is that act of training a child in accordance with rules (Online Etymology). Although each parent is rightfully given the authority to correct their child’s behavior, there is a difference between discipline and abuse. In the case of abuse, government intervention should be increased as well as a more thorough investigation of the child abuse cases.
To begin with, some individuals do not know what behaviors are deemed abuse. Physical abuse is characterized by the non-accidental infliction of physical injury as a result of punching, pushing, striking, kicking, biting, burning,…
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