Child Of Rage : A Story Of Abuse

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Beth Thomas was a six and a half year old girl diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder by psychologist Ken Magid (Monet, 1990). As an infant Beth of 19 months and her brother Jonathan of 7 months were adopted by Tim and Julie Thomas. Tim and Julie later discovered that the mother of both infants died and their father had sexually abused of Beth when she was about a year old (Monet, 1990). According to the documentary, Child of Rage: A Story of Abuse, the sexual abuse Beth Thomas lived through caused her to, “never developed a sense of conscious, love, or trust for anyone” (Monet, 1990). Because of the early experiences, Beth grew up exhibiting inappropriate behaviors, especially toward those who were closest to her, in this case her family (Monet, 1990). A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 or in cases specific to sexual abuse the “age is specified by the child protection law of the state in which the child resides” (Children’s Bureau, 2013). The Children’s Bureau details sexual abuse as, a type of maltreatment that involves the child in sexual activity with the purpose of gratifying/benefiting the perpetrator (2013). This definition of sexual abuse by the Children’s Bureau includes acts of molestation, prostitution, pornography, incest, contact for sexual purposes as well as other sexually exploitative activities (2013). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adds fondling, forcing a child to touch the sexual organs of an adult, and penetrating
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