The Long Term Ramifications Of Child Abuse And Neglect

1478 Words Apr 29th, 2015 6 Pages
Bailey Redman
English 11-8
28 April 2015
The long term ramifications of child abuse and neglect are profound and may endure long after the maltreatment has occurred. Individuals that undergo such abuse either physically or mentally may affect various aspects of their development. The outcome of abuse and neglect can range from minor effects to fatal situations. In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” Dill was emotionally damaged and neglected by his parents. In 2006, an estimated 905,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect. Statistically, the amount of children that suffer from such abuse is 1 in 10. Younger children are the most vulnerable to the maltreatment that is performed by their parents or guardians. Over 25% of abused children are under the age of 3 and 45% are under the age of 5. The rate of child mortality is higher for boys than girls and 85% of fatalities are caucasian children (Child Abuse Facts 1). Child abuse can be performed in many different ways. Unfortunately, abuse occurs in many households today. Neglect is a form of abuse other than physical, that can effectively harm a child. Neglection is characterized by the failure of taking proper care of a child. This form of abuse is often overlooked as we can see in the book “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The character Dill, was a victim of neglect. As in many cases of mental neglection, his friends and acquaintances overlooked the abuse. It is hard to realize the severity of the…
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