Child Abuse- a Child Called It

1727 Words Mar 24th, 2005 7 Pages
In American society today we fail to address several issues that need to be addressed. Unfortunately, child abuse is one of the major issues that our country is plagued with, yet we neglect to bring this to the attention of the entire nation. It is often over looked because everyone has a different view of what exactly defines child abuse. The International Child Abuse Network (ICAN) uses four basis catigories to docunment the child abuse cases. They are: emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. I will be describing the first three.
Emotional Abuse, (also known as: Verbal abuse, mental abuse, and psychological cruelty) includes acts or the failures to act by parents or caretakers that have caused or could cause
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For example, statistics on approximately 20 percent of fatalities in 2002 were reported from health departments and fatality review boards, compared to 11.4 percent for 2001, an indication of greater attention directed towards the issue and better organization of the data that was collected among agencies has obviously been handled with a little more relevancy.
The statistics above bring to my attention that society has as much responsibility in contributing to child abuse as the person that is actually committing the act of abuse. It is a vicious cycle that can be stopped, but has not been stopped for reasons discussed below. Massive numbers of children are affected by these heinous crimes who live on to possibly become abusers themselves. The hatred is passed on to further generations, and with out even noticing, society turns its back and uses the irresponsible excuse "what happens behind closed doors is none of my business." The fact of the matter is, that children have been have been forced to accept being punished for the sick pleasures of others through intimidation, isolation, and guilt.
I have been reading a book called A Child Called "It". This is the story of a young boy named David Pelzer who, in order to survive, must triumph over the truly horrendous abuse inflicted by his mother. The excessive use of
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