Child Abuse and Neglect Essay

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Every day, about five children in the United States are murdered by a parent or caretaker. In 2014, more than 3 million reports of child abuse were made in the United States involving more than 6 million children. Child abuse kills more children in America than does accidental falls, choking on food, suffocation, or fires in the home (Newton). As if these statistics weren’t horrifying enough, they are inaccurate in relaying the actual number of children that have fallen victim to child abuse in the United States. The sad reality is child abuse is severely under-reported in the United States. Most abused and neglected children never come to the attention of government officials. Victims almost never speak of their abuse for fear of …show more content…
According to the data that I have researched, on average, sixty-two percent of child abuse perpetrators are females that are generally, under the age of thirty. While men accounted for the remaining thirty-eight percent. However, men that abuse their children are generally over the age of thirty (Ellison). It is also common for an adult that had been abused as a child, to go forth and abuse their own children. Children are vulnerable creatures, children are supposed to learn everything they need to survive from their parents or caretakers. Abusive parents provide the exact opposite of what a child needs. Instead of teaching and nurturing growth, they distort and destroy. Leaving the child an emotional wreck with a vast array of potential difficulties in adulthood stemming from their childhood traumas. The definitions of child abuse and neglect for the state of NJ are as follows: inflicts or allows to be inflicted and creates or allows to be created a substantial or ongoing risk. The following are the categories of maltreatment defined in statue: physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, emotional/mental injury and abandonment (Venti). Civil law N.J.S.A. Cruelty and Neglect of children also provides that parents/caretakers/others who abuse, abandon, are cruel to or neglect children shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, fined up to five hundred dollars or imprisoned up to

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