Preventing Physical Abuse Essay

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Imagine being a three year old little boy and being attacked by your mother for going to the bathroom in your pants. A little boy named Noah was brutally beaten to death for doing something any three year old would accidently do. His mother and her boyfriend had spanked and punched him leading to his last breath. (Carlson) This is an example of physical abuse. Physical abuse is the infliction of physical injury to a person. (Martin 10) There is no leading cause to this type of abuse. Physical abuse takes up 22.4% of all types of abuse in the United States. (Giarding) Many physically abusive caregivers say that their physical abuse is just discipline to make the child behave. There is definitely a big difference between punishment…show more content…
Unusual shyness and wariness of physical contact comes about. (“Recognizing Child Abuse”) Within adolescents behavior that is chronic or misbehaving can by lead to evidence of abuse. Some children go around breaking the law so they can get sent away from their abusive parents. (Rein 11) If you notice any of these behavior indicators in a child it needs to be reported. Injuries occur on a regular basis with children. People need to look for injuries from accidents while the child is at play. If examinations do not fit the injury and are frequent it is obvious that it was not just an accident, it was physical abuse. (“Child Physical Abuse”) There are many indicators of physical abuse. Physical abuse displays welts, bruises, contusions, burns, cuts, lacerations, fractures, swelling, strap marks, and lost teeth. (Rein 11) These indicators can come about if the caregiver hits the child with their hand, stick, strap, or any other object. It also includes punching, kicking, stabbing, shaking, burning, throwing, or choking the child. (Giarding) If a child is being physically abused there are frequent injuries throughout their bodies. The child is very watchful and on alert as if something bad is going to happen. Injuries sometimes come in patterns from certain caregivers. The children of physical abuse sometimes shy away from touch, flinch at sudden movement, or seem afraid to go home. They also wear inappropriate clothing for the
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