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Child abuse and maltreatment is not limited to a particular age and can occur in the infant, toddler, preschool, and school-age years. Choose one of the four age groups (infant, toddler, preschool, or school age) and discuss the types of abuse that are most often seen in this age. Discuss warning signs and physical and emotional assessment findings the nurse may see that could indicate child abuse. Discuss cultural variations of health practices that can be misidentified as child abuse. Describe the reporting mechanism in your state and nurse responsibilities related to the reporting of suspected child abuse. Include in-text citations and references for each of the scholarly sources used
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Child abuse is one of the saddest and most tragic problems in America today. Each year an estimated one to two million American children are being beaten, neglected, or sexually abused by their parents or guardians. Infants only a few days old as well as teenagers are subject to child abuse. There are four types of child abuse: physical abuse, physical neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. Child abuse is a serious problem that plagues America's youth and should be stopped. Physical abuse is a form of child abuse that should be stopped as soon as possible. According to social agencies, beatings of children have multiplied over the past twenty years. Physical abuse is any abuse
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parent’s job to teach their child the rights and wrongs of life. They must nurture, love and take care of their newborn well into adulthood. Regrettably, every child is not born with a compassionate parent. There are some parents who either don’t know how to take care of their child or blame their offspring for their misfortunes. These predicaments can lead to child abuse; physical and mental. Child abuse is defined as the maltreatment of a child by a parent or guardian (Winton, 29). A common belief is that child abuse only occurs in poor families or bad neighborhoods, but this is not true. Child abuse crosses all racial, economic, and cultural lines. Sometimes, families who seem to have it all
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Child abuse is one of the biggest problems facing America today. Children whose parents abuse them often turn to a life of crime, or suffer physical or mental scars. In severe cases the child may even die. In Saint Louis a boy was attacked by a pack of dogs, after he had finished playing basketball at the local court. If his mother had reported him missing he may have been found in time to rescue him, instead he bled to death under a tree. (Davis 3A) Of course this is an extreme case of child abuse, and it is often not this severe. The best way to prevent child neglect is to start family planning at an earlier age.
It is tough for many people to understand why anyone would abuse a child
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Child abuse among school-aged children is a very common form of violence in the United States. The two most common type of child abuse in school-aged are:
Neglect: the most common type of child abuse; it is a pattern of failing to provide for a child’s basic needs, whether it may be adequate food, clothing, hygiene, or supervision. Neglect is one of the most difficult types of child abuse to find, especially because older children may not exhibit outward signs of neglect. They become used to their environment, sometimes having to step up and become the adult. (www.helpguide.org) A nurse should assess for bad hygiene, ill-fitting clothes, body odor, and untreated injuries or medical
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In 1999, an estimated 3,244,000 children were reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies as alleged victims of child maltreatment. Child abuse reports have maintained a steady growth for the past ten years, with the total number of reports nationwide increasing 45% since 1987 (Nation Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse (NCPCA) 2000 Annual Fifty State Survey).
Neglect represents the most common type of reported and substantiated form of maltreatment. In 1996, 25 states provided the following breakdown for reported cases: 62% involved neglect, 25% physical abuse, 7% sexual abuse, 3
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When Is Discipline, Child Abuse?
Many people have noticed that parents are starting to get more frustrated with with their lives and are taking it out on their children. Parents start to under think their actions and instead of disciplining their children, they are abusing their children. There are many precautions that should be taken when dealing with situations like these. Many experiments can be done in order to determine if abuse is taking place in the home. In order to determine child abuse, authorities usually look for bruises or broken bones in bad families but child abuse is determined by factors that are sometimes unknown.
Child abuse is defined by internet dictionaries as
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Child abuse is a global problem that is deeply rooted in cultural, economic and social practices. It is a state of emotional, physical, economic and sexual maltreatment meted out to a person below the age of eighteen and is a globally prevalent phenomenon. However, in India, as in many other countries, there has been no understanding of the extent, magnitude and trends of the problem. The growing complexities of life and the dramatic changes brought about by socio-economic transitions in India have played a major role in increasing the vulnerability of children to various and newer forms of abuse. Child abuse has serious physical and psycho-social consequences which adversely
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Introduction: Child abuse is an immense problem that does require immediate help provided to the child from the side of specialists. Once a teacher gets an allegation of abuse from a child, he must not require a written statement from the child or must not make the child repeat the allegation in front of other teachers or adult people. The teacher must not wait until the end of the school day, but report immediately by the means of telephone and support it with a written report within the next 36 hours. The teacher takes individual responsibility for the report, so it cannot be done anonymously. Both the telephone and the written report are subjects of certain legal procedures. The
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abuse: Abuse is harmful to children. Children may experience a range of emotional, psychological and physical problems and trauma as a result of being abused or neglected. Many South African children are abused and assaulted daily; some are even killed. some people do not respect the fundamental rights of others, especially those of women and children, who are usually very vulnerable(Engelbrecht & Mosiane 1997: 10)
All forms of abuse are likely to result in emotional problems for the child, in particular, a lack of self esteem and distrust of adults. The longer the abuse goes on, the more serious are the effects. Abused and neglected children are more likely than other children to be self
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these children become adults because they will find it more difficult to find good paying jobs.
Another form of abuse is medical; if the parent or care giver does not take the time to take the child to the doctor, letting them get the necessary vaccines, keeping up with dental visits, or mental health appointments. If the parent fails to provide their child with the basic medical attention that is needed, that parent or care give is depriving the child of the medical care. When a child is sick and in need of medical assistance and the parent purposely does not take them to the hospital that is a crime in itself. Sometimes people religious beliefs about medical treatment can also play a part
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Child Abuse - A Hidden Epidemic in America
There is a well-known but grossly underreported crime that is occurring daily, not only abroad, but right here in the United States as well. This crime not only affects a person at the time of the event, but for a lifetime. Although there are better attempts being made to further understand its diversity and complexity, the question still lies, is enough being done to control and prevent it from happening. This crime is child exploitation and abuse. Though it seems absurd to most, it is certainly happening worldwide and there is documented evidence that will be explored in this research paper. By examining this documented evidence I will
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Complete a spider diagram or mind map showing the different types of child abuse and some of the key characteristics of them. An example has been started for you.
Complete the following paragraph about the dangers of using the internet unsupervised, using the words provided in the box below.
Many children and young people use ___technology____________ to keep in touch with their friends and family, learn new things and relax. While there is no doubt that this can be ___beneficial____________ there are also ___dangers___________ which they may either be
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continued. He was poked, prodded, and pulled on. After 8 hours of watching my son go through all the testing, being puked on, and being just mentally exhausted; the physician, social worker, and priest all came into the examining room to tell us that “the only way my son had sustained these types of injuries was through child abuse.” At that moment, my world stopped and the rain continued to pour down, as if a bucket had been dumped on my head. It felt as though my heart had literally hit the floor. I began to question my ability as a mother and I had absolutely no answers. When I left home that morning, he was safely asleep in his crib.
My son was admitted to the hospital
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Catherine CoffeyEnglish 1Block 2Physical AbuseChild abuse is any mistreatment to a child that injurers a child in any way, shape or form. This report is about one type of child abuse, physical abuse. Physical abuse is hurting a child by beating, kicking, or physically injuring a child in any way. The other two types of child abuse are emotional and verbal abuses.There are many different types of child abuse, one of which is child abuse. There have bee many different cases of physical abuse but there are only a few of which I have been informed. One case is the lawyer father who struck out with his fist and left his child unconscious on the floor before he retired to bed. Or the father who
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History of child abuse
February 15 2016
Chiffone N Shelton
In order to discuss child abuse and neglect it is important to have a clear understanding of what child abuse and neglect is and the different form of child abuse. How the various types of child abuse and neglect are different from one another, ill-treatment of children comes in many forms, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional ill-treatment, and child neglect. Child neglect comes in many forms and occurs when a child is not given the care, supervision, affection, and support that they need; neglect can occur through physical neglect, emotional neglect, medical neglect, and education neglect. What are
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One of the fast emerging criminal type of cases is related to child abuse. A few years back, one would have found it hard to imagine that child abuse does exist. In the recent years, there has been a considerable increase in cases related to child abuse. Not just in United States, but thousands of children, all over the world, are begin abused according to the child abuse statistics. One should look out for signs of child abuse as it can help save a child from the sufferings. If you are a teacher, social activist, grandparent, aunt, uncle, elder sibling, family friend or even an acquaintance; it is important to watch out for the warning signs of child abuse.
Child abuse is the worst form
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ï»¿English Assessment Task [Child Abuse Speech]:-
Good morning fellow students and Mr. Sullivan.
When will child abuse be recognized as a serious problem? Pause 2 sec. Society needs to do more to end child abuse. Unfortunately, child abuse is met in all cultures. The fact that only recently and only in some certain countries and cultures that child abuse started to be seen as one of the major social problems, is quite surprising. Child abuse also turned out to be the main cause of young peopleâ€™s personal problems and sufferings.
Throughout the whole human history children were abused. But historical and cultures developments resulted in people starting to think about this problem
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better than sick children (Leon Hoffman, 2011).
Child abuse is the physical, sexual, or emotional mistreatment, or neglect of a child. It can be detrimental to one’s daily life, affecting not only the abused child, but also those who are associated with the child. It can have lasting effects that may carry over to adulthood and cause potential issues with relationships or perhaps within their own families as well. It is important that we learn to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect so that we can save the lives and future of our children. Child abuse is widespread, often not reported, and is responsible for many problems involving our youth today.
In 2010, approximately one
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Child abuse has been an increasingly serious problem in our world today. From the traditional abuse of beating a helpless child, to the not so obvious problems of psychological abuse, children are losing their sense of self worth and many pass on the abuse they themselves received. One solution for this increasing problem of child abuse is to significantly reduce it today. Since the institution of Child Labor laws, many changes have been made to help solve this problem. Unfortunately, some of these policies are either too out of date or just not working. New policies and legislation must be put into place to help protect children from child abuse.Much of the current legislation concerning
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Saint Leo University
Investigation of Child Abuse
April 20, 2014
Our law enforcement officer have many different task in their hands, but all of them are for the safety and protection of our community and our society. Officer often work really hard to promote a climate of security but we all have to help in the process of making a better world. One of the task that police officer have, in the prevention and intervention on child abuse and neglect cases. As wrong as it sounds there are plenty of people abusing of our kids in a day to day basis. This is been done by physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect, where in cases the child do not
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All offenders need secrecy to sexually assault children and they enforce tactics to maintain and ensure that silence. This grooming process, (Christiansen & Blake, 1990), involves carefully planned strategies implemented by the offender to entrap the child in the abuse. It is a refined process of strategic planning by an offender to observe and assess what would make a child keep the secret of sexual abuse. These tactics may involve confusion, threats, games, favouritism, manipulation and bribery. This deliberate process emerges from the offender identifying signs of vulnerability in a child and using his power of adult status and his relationship with the child to entrap and
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Child abuse and Neglect Movie Notes 2/10/15
Houston Texas- Children are left alone for 3 days- no electricity and dog poop everywhere
1 in 25 children are reported abuse or neglect in the US
Mother left child with stranger and he was half beaten when she got back
Mother would leave to get drugs off the street by selling her body
mother has history of a mental illness
her place is dirty, smells like sour milk, children are growing up feeling no empathy for others
Neglected children are usually the ones who end up in jail or on drugs
* A prisoner was emotionally abused and was beaten in the head as a child
* Patricia- lives
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Both Sides of Child Abuse
When someone intentionally inflicts moral, sexual pain, physical pain on a child is committing child abuse. When a child is abuse it is typical that they were abused as a child themselves. Life struggle can contribute to some abuse due to unemployment, stress, and poverty. When a child is abused it is usually people that have the need to feel power over something. Disabled children are more than likely to be abused children with special needs can cause a great deal of stress. Children are often the target of abuse they are less powerful than the abuser. Does child abuse damage children to become damaged adults?
Sexual abuse has been involved in cases of
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The system of child abuse
March 7 2016
Chiffon N. Shelton
The system of child abuse
In this paper, I will discuss child abuse reporting issues and resources. I will describe what could result when the following occurs such as families or individuals will not agree to receive help or when the child is in further danger due to reporting an incident, I will also provide an explanation to other implications resulting from reporting abuse and the primary community resources that could be used to help these individuals.
What could result when the families or individuals do not agree to receive help whenever a child abuse or neglect claim has been made. if at any time someone
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when she went to work. In describing this incident, Dixon stated, “It’s almost unbelievable.”
The most shocking part about this story is that it is “almost” unbelievable. Indeed this act is not the worst case of child abuse out there. With so many different cases of child abuse being reported this story is quite believable.
Child abuse very simply put is the mistreatment of a child. The physical, emotional and or sexual mistreatment of a child. Child abuse in general is a psychological problem or perversion of the abuser. It is more than bruises or broken bones. While physical abuse is noticeable due to the scars it leaves, not all child abuse is as obvious. There are many
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Diagnosing and reporting child abuse
EHC1103 - Medical Ethics
When people make a decision to have children, the universal plan is for the parents to love and cherish them. However, unluckily this is not always the result. There are adults in this world who abuse children whether they are infants or teenagers. The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provide information that younger children are more prevalent to
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Child Abuse a Lifetime Sentence
Child Abuse a Lifetime Sentence
Once into adulthood, victims of child abuse search for some form of coping mechanisms to forget or mask the trauma and the pain of child abuse. According to Shub & Cabrera (2011) “Every week 60,000 cases of child abuse or neglect are reported in the United States, and 3 million reports of child abuse or neglect are being filed every year” (p.1). Approximately 50% of child victims abuse drugs or alcohol. (Shub & Cabrer, 2011). The abuse often stems from a response to guilt or a negative self-image. Although as serious as child neglect is, physical abuse more often
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All throughout history there are numerous accounts of children being abused by their parents, guardian, or an adult. People often wonder why a man or woman would want to harm a child, and while there are many programs are out there that do their best to prevent child abuse. The best prevention however is finding the causes of child abuse. Child abuse is often the result of stress or anger issues, psychological disorders, or the cause of the person having been abused as a child themselves.
Some people cannot handle the responsibilities and obligations a parent must fulfill. Children, especially toddlers, need constant care and supervision, putting a lot of weight on the parent. Single
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Can someone help! I feel alone! Why won’t they hold me? Why don’t they love me? A child that has been neglected, beaten, and unloved are crying out. When child abuse comes up in a conversation or just a thought that passes through when a story about another child being mistreated pops up on the news is a topic that most people have a hard time grasping or even understanding. Child abuse is a physical abuse but also can be an emotional one as well that is caused by a parent, guardian or someone else who is suppose to take care and protect them.
Though some parents or care takers don't plan to hurt the child, abuse still can occur. Children of any age can be expose to abuse, child can
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The statistics on child abuse in the UK are truly horrifying, at least one child dies every week as a result of an adults cruelty, and thousands more endure abuse and neglect at the hands of their carers. Yet the known facts reveal only a fraction of the problem. This is because most cases of abuse go unreported, leaving children to suffer the pain and misery of abuse in silence.Over a quater of all recorded rape victims are children, three quarters of sexually abused children do not tell anyone at the time and around a third are not able to tell anyone about the experience later. More than 30,000 children are on child protection registers because they are at risk of abuse. Recent NSPCC
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Child Abuse and Investigation
Unit 9 Project
a) The impact of child abuse
b) Child abuse is on the rise but there are different ways in which social workers can investigate child abuse in order to protect children.
II. Child abuse is a problem in the human services field that is affecting many families.
a) There are different types of child abuse
b) Different types of abuse can scare children
c) It can cause children to be separated from their families
III. What can social workers and other authorities do to
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How childhood abuse can impact on the child
“Child abuse is the term used when an adult harms a child or a young person under the age of 18. Abuse is always wrong and it is never the child/young person’s fault” (NSPCC) Child abuse can come in many forms like the physical maltreatment to sexual molestation. Child abuse can result in actual or potential harm to a child in many ways such as their development, health, dignity etc. It can occur because of many reasons. The parent/guardian may have a lack of support if they are just one family i.e. no extended or huge family to help, the child’s guardian may feel isolated. Another reason why it can occur is stress. If there are
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Ajianna S. Claxton
Professor K. A. Harris
2 April 2014
Rhetorical Analysis of an Image: Child Abuse
When a child is abused or mistreated there is more then just broken bones or bruises. The abuse or mistreatment leaves behind mental and physical problems such as discouragement, anger, and dissociation. This image is about a child who has been mistreated horribly and is in need of an adult figure to show her the love and affection that a child will truly adore. This image was chosen to be a good because it can catch one’s attention and sympathy. It has different elements like its structure and text to express itself through pain, sorrow, depression and anxiety. In this
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Child abuse is the intentional infliction of physical, moral, and sexual pain and suffering on a child. It is performed mainly by parents who were maltreated as children themselves. There are many causes for child abuse. In some cases children are mistreated when parents or caretakers have maladaptive responses to stressful situations or feel powerless. Searching for relief, they may hit someone with even less power than they, and these are often children.
Other times child abuse is the result of family problems over which the abuser has no control. Alcohol was said to be involved in fourteen percent of the cases of abuse and in eighteen and a half percent of the cases of neglect
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ENG 090 - 004
8 April 2013
Child Abuse PSA
Advertisers use a variety of appeals to convince the viewer’s to buy certain products or bring a topic to the awareness of the viewer. The anti-child abuse announcement that San Francisco Human Services Agency released is no different. A public service announcement is designed to publicize a problem the nation is facing. Advertisements can appeal to the audience through a variety of elements such as images and speech. In this advertisement pathos and ethos are represented through the sounds and visual content while logos is presented through the statistics given at the end of the advertisement. With this
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Child Sexual Abuse Versus False Memory Syndrome
People can experience sexual abuse memories from their childhood. These individuals believe that they went through such a traumatic experience of this kind. By remembering how these events occurred in details, these memories are truly experienced by all of these individuals’ emotions and beliefs. Research shows than child sexual abuse memories can occur in the form of repressed childhood experience and/or in the form of False Memory Syndrome.
Personally, I identify both of these matters as important psychological and social problems. This is due to the fact that too many innocent children go through sexual abuse by their relatives
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Child abuse and Maltreatment on Delinquency and Arrest
Prominent studies of child abuse and maltreatment point to several unfortunate outcomes for victims as they grow up. Adolescents who were victims of sexual assault are three to five times more likely to suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, be abused again, be dependent on drugs and alcohol, or commit delinquent acts compared with adolescents who were not victimized, according to a nationally representative sample. In addition, girls who witnessed violence are nearly twice as likely as boys to experience posttraumatic stress disorder later in life.
This love consists only of intimacy component. Among individuals
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Saidee SolanoProfessor DillonEnglish 6012 March 2014Reading Response #2In "Learning to Write," Russell Baker takes us back in time to his experience in Mr. Fleagles eleventh grade English class. According to all the kids of the town Mr. Fleagle had the most boring un-motivating English class on campus. Russell goes on to describe how he was dreading the class and reading Shakespeare's novel Macbeth, "I anticipated a listless, unfruitful year with Mr. Fleagle and for a long time was not disappointed. "We read Macbeth Mr. Fleagle loved Macbeth and wanted us to love it too, but he lacked the gift of infecting others with his own passion." Russell goes on feeling un-inspired despite Mr. Fleagles
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April 14, 2013
There comes a time in your life when you question everything you were raised to believe in when it came to love, the world, Santa clause, and if whether or not there was a “god”. I was raised by two catholic parents and was taught that there was indeed a higher power (god) that contributed to the reason of our everyday existence. I was raised to believe that if you don’t follow the catholic faith then you’re committing a sin. It wasn’t until later when I started to grow into who I was as a person that I started questioning my faith. Although it took me time I now realize that there is indeed a god.
I believe that there is a
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me out to others. So my income relies on me and how people are satisfied with my services and work.
I am Caucasian and I grew up in a predominately white community. We did have a mixture of all races but from what I remember Caucasian was the majority and Hispanic close behind. As a child I never had any discrimination on my race at all. No one ever made comments and it seemed like no one really cared what my race was in my town. I feel that my home town and the town I am in now is just a big melting pot of races. When I lived in Charleston South Carolina for five years, I felt more so like a minority. The majority of the residences there were African American or Gullah. Even
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IntroductionThe abuse and neglect of children has transcended through generations and across race, class and ethnicity. Historical evidence shows that children were perceived as nothing more than property and were subjected to numerous forms of maltreatment. Children are often enslaved, beaten, prostituted and even killed at the hands of parents and guardians upon whom they are dependant. Gelles and Straus, 1979a note, "the family is perhaps the most violent social group and the home the most violent social setting, in our society"(p. 15). A small child has a significantly higher chance of being killed or severely injured by their parents than by any one else around them. Collins and
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Child Sexual Abuse in the United States and its Long Term Effects
Robert D. Clark
May 5, 2014
This will be a paper to demonstrate the staggering number of sexual abuse cases in the United States and its long term effects on children and adults. My interest in this topic is due to the fact that I have been sexually abused as a child and have been researching about the long term effects in people who do not come forward with this problem. Many people have been able to recover from the damaging effects of sexual abuse, however, many still suffer from past memories and present debilitations. This paper aims to expose 5 facts about
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Child AbuseAccording to the book Adult Children of Abusive Parents, physical abuse is "any non accidental physical injury, including ones that result in bruises, welts, broken bones, scars, or serious internal injuries." Imagine you are a young eight year old child, you're life is pretty average; you go to school, come home and do homework. Only one thing sets you apart from your classmates, you have bruises to cover up, they don't. Imagine coming home every day, and being beaten with a golf club, a stick, or an extension cord. Imagine begin forced to spend time in a cage, or sleep underneath you parents car, with only a piece of cardboard. Imagine not having enough to eat, or being forced
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The main aim of the “If I Killed You, I’d Get the Kids: Women’s Survival and Protection Work with Child Custody and Access in the Context of Woman Abuse” article, was to propose, “how women work to negotiate formal systems in relation to child custody and access in the context of woman abuse” (Varcoe & Irwin, 2004, p. 78). Academic and community researchers, including a social action group, collaboratively conducted the entire article in two adjacent suburban communities in Western Canada (Varcoe & Irwin, 2004, p. 78). More so, the data of the research study, which was particularly based on Participatory Action Research, was collected between 2000 and 2002 (Varcoe & Irwin
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Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse can happen anywhere, in any neighborhood, in every religion or group, covering all racial or ethnic groups, and it certainly doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are. You can live in a beautiful, gated-community of homes worth millions of dollars, and your child is still not protected from being molested or abused. (Child Sexual Abuse, April 3, 2008) Child sexual abuse is the use of a child for sexual purposes by an adult or older, more powerful person, including an older child. Being sexually abused is not any easy thing to overcome (CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. (2002). The pain that comes
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INFORMATIVE SPEECH OUTLINE FORMAT
Student’s Name: Rachael Connor
Topic: Types of Child Abuse
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: The Specific Purpose of this speech is to inform my audience about Child Abuse
Central Idea/Thesis: The central idea is for audience to understand the child abuse is occurring and we can help prevent child abuse
A. Attention Getter: Living in a society full of violence and national problems, there are more than 2.5 million reports on child abuse in the United Sates.
B. Reason to Listen/Relate to audience: The audience may know someone getting abused and by listening to my speech and they help prevent it
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Altruism in Society
University of Phoenix
Altruism in Society
Child abuse is more than cuts and bruises. Abuse also involves emotional abuse and child neglect. Along with the physical scars left behind by an abusive parent or individual, a child abused physically and emotionally will have long-lasting emotional scars. Out of the thousands of child abuse cases reported each year, more than half of these victims were age one and under. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention reported more than half of abused children are girls. Child neglect cases accounted for about 30% of child deaths and more than half of those fatalities were children under age four ("Child
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Child abuses are brutal attacks which harm children through physical, sexual, and emotional problems. “Child abuse does not develop in a vacuum, but arises in families in which parents turn to increasingly coercive means of controlling their children’s behavior. Child abuse comes from a complex combination of personal, social, and cultural factors. Many factors contribute to child abuse stress, a history of child abuse in at least one of the parents families of origin, parents with poor anger management skills, alcohol or substance abuse acceptance of violence as a way of coping with stress, failure to become attached to the children, and rigid attitudes toward
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According to a case study done by Marilyn Pierson "A 4-year-old girl, Jennifer Rose Kell, who police say was drowned by her father's girlfriend, lived in a home where reported child abuse was a constant companion, according to authorities. Police and child protective service records show a pattern of reported abuse by (father's) 'Girlfriend' and 'Father' against his 4-year-old daughter.According to the Police Detective, 'Girlfriend' punished the 4-year-old by leaving the little girl in the sweltering heat of a vehicle for 45 minutes and giving her cold baths and burned her at least once with a cigarette. On Wednesday, 'Girlfriend' allegedly became enraged when the little girl took a Pepsi