Child Abuse Essay

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ENG 101-11929 Paper 2 Professor Gallipeo 20 October 2013 Child Maltreatment in America Child abuse has been one of the most severe problems in American society and still is a problem that just cannot be overlooked. The United States has the worst records among the industrialized nations, losing on average between four and seven children a day due to child abuse and neglect. Child maltreatment, sometimes referred to as child abuse and neglect, includes all forms of physical and emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation that results in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, development or dignity. Within this broad definition, five subtypes can be distinguished – physical abuse; sexual abuse; neglect and negligent treatment; emotional abuse; and exploitation. In this paper I will explain more about child abuse statistics, criminal behavior, consequences, substance abuse and way’s to prevent child maltreatment. I will also discuss children who may be at risk of child maltreatment. It wasn’t until 1974 the federal government enacted the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. The law defined child abuse as "the physical and mental injury, sexual abuse, negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child under the age of 18 by a person who is responsible for the child's welfare under circumstances which indicate that the child's health and welfare is threatened or harmed." According to the National Child Abuse Statistics there is a report of child abuse made every 10 seconds. The problem of defining and identifying child abuse complicates the matter of reporting abuse. Some people who suspect that a child is being abused may not report the situation to authorities because they are not certain if the behavior in question is considered abuse under the law. With that being said, more than four children die every day as a result of

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