Child Abuse Essay

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Child Abuse and the Effects Violence against children and women was once an acceptable part of family life. Men and women did not think of their abusive behavior as wrong like beating and hitting were sanctioned by laws that everyone followed to enforce discipline within their families. For example, stubborn children laws made it legal for the man head of a household to beat his children to death if he thought them were too unruly. Also a man could pull his wife’s hair, choke her, spit in her face, and kick her. The law also allowed him to beat her with a stick, provided it was no thicker than this thumb. In 1874 the public views start change about abuse, but wasn’t until 1974 that the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act use put in effect. What is child abuse? Child abuse does not just have one definition it has definitions because there are four types of child abuse 1) physical abuse, 2) sexual abuse, 3) emotional abuse, and 4) neglect. In child abuse there is not one abuse that is worse then another they are all bad. First, physical abuse definition by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect is “The physical injury or maltreatment of a child under the age of eighteen by a person who is responsible for the child’s welfare under circumstances which indicate that the child’s health and welfare is harmed or threaten.” Examples of physical abuse included beating, slapping, hitting, pushing, shaking, kicking, throwing, pinching, biting, choking, burning with cigarettes, or scalding water. Signs of physical abuse maybe by appearance or behavior for example bruises or welts on body or face, burns, fractures, agitation, anger, anxiety, avoids social contact or withdrawn themselves, behaves aggressively, changes in school behaves or performance, lies frequently, or scared of physical contact with people. Second the definition of sexual abuse by the

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