Abuse Is Abuse Essay

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Abuse is Abuse Sadie Hatley COM/155 08/05/2012 Elizabeth Harris Abuse is Abuse Physical and emotional abuse has a very thin line between the two. While one may lead to the other, physical abuse can leave marks on the body while emotional abuse scars the inside, Even though the words sound different, physical abuse and emotion are very much alike. This essay will explain the definitions of physical and emotional abuse, the signs of physical and emotional abuse, statistics of physical and emotional abuse, and explain where one experiencing physical abuse can get help. It is very important to understand what these two things are. Physical abuse by definition is “one or more episodes of aggressive behavior, usually resulting in physical injury with possible damage to internal organs, sense organs, the central nervous system, or the musculoskeletal system of another person” according to Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. A simpler definition is any act that results in a non-accidental trauma or physical injury. Victims of physical abuse can be anyone men, women, and children. Emotional abuse by definition is “ the debasement of a person’s feelings that causes the individual to perceive himself or herself as inept, not cared for, and worthless” according to Mosby’s Medical Dictionary. A simpler definition is series of repeated incidents that insults, threatens isolates, degrades, humiliates, and/or controls another person. Emotional abuse is so easily overlooked and is not talked about as much as other forms of abuse. People overlooked emotional because, they think it’s acceptable and normal. Anyone can be a victim of emotional abuse and the effects are long lasting. A victim of emotional abuse usually feels bad about themselves and struggles with it for a long time. It is sometimes very easy to spot the signs and symptoms of physical abuse. Marks, bruises,

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