Child Abuse Essay

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Amanda Nelson Mr. Steve Brown American Government 15 Sept 2014 Child Abuse and Neglect Every ten seconds, someone makes a report of child abuse (“National Child Abuse Statistics”). We see it in the media all of the time, for example, the recent case with football star Adrian Peterson, or the book A Child Called It. However, we never think that it could happen in our small, close-knit communities. In 2012, there were almost 700,000 victims of child abuse (“National Statistics on Child Abuse and Neglect”). The truth behind that is, although no one wants to believe it, someone we know is probably one of those 700,000. The reason why this topic is so important to me is because I suffered severe neglect and all types of abuse up until I was 9 years old. As in my case and many others, society often turns a blind eye to these circumstances, and it is the kids who suffer. By becoming more informed about child abuse and raising awareness in our communities, we can work together to fight child abuse and to help the children who are affected. There are several types of child abuse. These include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. When one hears the phrase ‘child abuse,’ physical abuse is the usually the first thing that comes to mind. According to the American Humane Association, this type of abuse is defined as “non-accidental trauma or physical injury caused by punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning, or otherwise harming a child.” Out of the nearly 700,000 victims of child abuse in 2012, 18% were victims of physical abuse (“National Statistics on Child Abuse and Neglect”). Because these types of harm usually leave marks, this is the most obvious type of abuse. Signs of physical abuse are easy to see. Some common ones are bruises and swelling areas. It is possible to confuse them with play-related injuries. However, one should look at

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