Effects Of The Abuse On Young Adults

1694 WordsMar 31, 20177 Pages
Child abuse is an all too common practice in the United States with over six million children affected every year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). In 2012, 82.2% of child abuse perpetrators were found to be between the ages of 18-44, of which 39.6% were recorded to be between the ages of 25-34 (11 facts about child abuse, 2015). Child abuse is a real problem in this world. Child sex abuse includes body contact, such as kissing and oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Sex abuse can also include “flashing” or showing private parts, forcing children to watch pornography, voyeurism (trying to look at a child’s naked body), pressuring children for sex, having sex in front of children, and exploiting children for pornography or…show more content…
I learned that sometimes people who are abused don’t show psychological signs that they have been abused. Even the child has grown up into a young adults they still don’t really seem like that have been abused. In one study, 80% of 21-year-olds who reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder (Amy B. Silverman, 2008). Some psychiatrists say that people who don’t show the signs of being abused usually try to erase those memory from their head. Or try to store them in another part of their brain so they don’t have to remember or think about what has happened to them. Abuse is associated with other damaging factors in the victim’s life, as studies find 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder (Amy B. Silverman, 2008). In a book by Heiman, he said that abused children are also more likely to engage in sexual risk behaviors, causing them to be 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy. Also it put those young adults at greater risk for STD’s along with sexual behaviors that put children at risk. Studies also show that children who were abused are more likely to use drugs when they become young adults. While statistic shows an disturbing number of inmates have been abused as children, it is wondered that the actual number might be even higher as
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