Child Abuse Across America Essay

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Child Abuse Across America: How geography influences child abuse rates in America Did you know that more than five children die every single day as a result of abuse? (11 Facts About Child Abuse) 1 out of every 4 girls will become a victim of abuse by the time they are 17. (11 Facts About Child Abuse) Child abuse is a serious problem in the United States today and it shows no signs of improvement. Child abuse occurs at all socioeconomic classes, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education. However, there are many contributing factors that put a child at much greater risk. Child abuse rates throughout the United States vary greatly from state to state. Although child abuse occurs within…show more content…
The most common signs that a child is being physically abused are unexplained bruises, cuts, and burns as well as broken bones, internal injuries and head injuries. (Gill) Children who have parents that use drugs are at the highest risk for physical abuse with 1 in 13 being abused regularly. (National Child Abuse Statistics) As if that wasn’t horrific enough, at least 100 babies are born to drug-using mothers every single month. (11 Facts About Child Abuse) Sexual abuse makes up about 10% of all child abuse making it the third most common form of abuse. Sexual abuse includes, but is not limited to, rape, intercourse, sodomy, fondling, oral sex, incest, sexual penetration and sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation includes permitting, allowing, coercing or forcing a child to participate in pornography or other sexual behaviors. (DCF: Child Welfare Services) 8 out of 10 sexual abusers are related to the child or know them in some way. (11 Facts About Child…show more content…
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