Child Abuse Can Kill Essay

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Child Abuse Can Kill

Child Abuse Can Kill

The effects of child abuse can be long lasting or maybe even fatal. "The National Center
on Child Abuse and Neglect estimates that 2.9 million children are abused or neglected by
parents or caretakers each year" ("Child Abuse" Encarta). This fact is very disturbing to
the many of us that don't know child abuse was this common in the U.S.

There are various types of child abuse. Physical abuse, which is deliberate acts of
violence that injure or may even kill a child. Sexual abuse occurs when adults use
children for their sexual gratification. Emotional abuse is mostly verbal abuse. When the
adult puts the children down by calling them names or just screaming at the child for no
apparent reason. Another form of child abuse is Physical neglect. This type of abuse
involves the parents' failure to provide for the child's needs. " Among the cases of abuse
reported, 52 percent involved physical abuse or emotional neglect, 24.5 percent involved
physical abuse, 12.6 percent involved sexual abuse, 4.5 percent involved emotional abuse,
and 17.3 percent involved other abuses, such as educational neglect or abandonment"
("Child Abuse" Encarta).

Many people have difficulty understanding why any person would want to hurt a child. "The
public often assumes that the people that abuse their children suffer from a mental
illness but fewer than 10 percent of abusers have mental illnesses" ("Child Abuse"
Encarta). There is more room for abuse in a family when the parents or caretakers are of a
young age or just have very little patients. Mature adults that are raising kids tend not
to abuse their children because they are able to cope with the demands of their children
and the other stresses around them.

"Child abuse results from a complex combination on personal, social, and cultural factors.
These may be grouped into four primary categories: (1) intergenerational transmission of
violence, (2) social stress, (3) social isolation and low community involvement, and (4)
family structure" ("Child Abuse" Encarta). Interim transmission of violence is displayed
when the abused children become abusive parents. "Some studies have shown that 30 percent
of abused children become abusive themselves and others show that most of the abused do
not become abusive adults" ("Child Abuse" Britannica). Social stress is a common cause of
child abuse in a family. The conditions of social stress include unemployment, illness,
poor housing conditions, a large family, death of a family member or close friend, or
maybe even the presence of a new baby or a disabled person in the home. Social isolation
and low community involvement is yet another cause of abuse in homes all around the
country. Most abusive parents do not become active in their community. Cultural factors
also come into play here. "Certain types of families have an increased risk of child
abuse" ("Child Abuse" Britannica). The family structure of a home sometimes relates to
weather or not the adults are abusive or not. Single parents are more likely to be abusive
towards their children than that of a home with two original parents.

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