In Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice and The Constitution
Edward Waters College
While child abuse and neglect occurs in all types of families, even in those that look happy from the outside, children are at a much greater risk in certain situations. Eighty-four percent of prison inmates were abused as children. One in three girls and one in five boys are sexually abused by an adult at some time during childhood. Most sexual abusers are someone in the family or someone the child knows, not the proverbial stranger with a lollipop. Families with four or more children have higher rates of abuse and neglect, especially if their living conditions are crowded or they live in isolated areas. More than 80 percent of abusers are a parent or someone close to a child. Child abuse is far more likely to occur in the child's home than in a day care center. One in thirteen kids with a parent on drugs is physically abused regularly. Drug and alcohol abuse in the family makes child abuse about twice as likely. One out of ten babies born today is born to mothers who are abusing drugs. Drinking and smoking heavily during pregnancy also endangers the health of unborn children. If you have a history of child abuse, having your own children can trigger strong memories and feelings that you may have repressed. This may happen when a child is born, or at later ages when you remember specific abuse to you. You may be shocked and overwhelmed by your anger, and feel like you can’t control it. But you can learn new ways to manage your emotions and break your old patterns. You are the most important person in your child’s world.
Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment of children. Child abuse is a complex phenomenon with multiple causes. Understanding the causes of abuse is crucial to addressing the problem of child abuse. Parents who physically abuse their spouses are more likely than others to physically abuse their...