Laws On Preventing Child Abuse Essay

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Before the mid-1900s, people believed parents should have absolute control of their children and husbands should have absolute control of their wives. They also believed they could own people. Since slavery was allowed, at least in the South, owners could beat their workers―many who were eight-year-olds. Laws on preventing child abuse have failed but there have been progressive, changing attitudes towards abuse. When the Civil War ended in 1865, the senate passed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, and the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act in 1986 prohibited child labor. Also, the legislative passed the Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act (CAPTA) in 1974 stating that child abuse is a crime. However, now, abuse is more common than we actually think. Each day, parents mistreat their children at homes and even in public. Some parents, publically, gently slap the children’s back, but others go to the extent of vigorously pulling their hair and beating them up. People should intervene when a parent is hitting his child if the situation is getting out of hand, for example, if the parent is dragging her kid by the hair or if the child seems humiliated. People should interfere when a parent is harshly hitting her child because it could stop serious injury to her. Parents hit their children in public because they’re “disciplining” them for doing something wrong. However, some parents further hurt their children to the point where blood is shed. Christopher Mele,
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