Child Abuse

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Child Abuse is a major problem in our society today. According to child protective service (CPS) agencies in the United States. Child Abuse and neglects shows 1.7% increase over the number children reported in 1996. More people are starting to report child abuse, reporting levels have increased 41% between 1988 and 1997.

There are four forms of child maltreatment: emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse.

Emotional Abuse: Also known as: verbal abuse and mental abuse. Includes acts or the failures to act by parents or caretakers that have caused or could cause serious behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders. This can include parents/caretakers using extreme and /or bizarre forms of punishment. For example: putting a child in a closet or dark room or being tied to a chair for a long period of time or threatening or terrorizing a child.

Neglect: It's a failure to provide for the child's basic needs.

Neglect could be physical, educational, or emotional. Physical neglect could be not providing food or clothing, appropriate medical care, supervision, or proper weather protection. Educational neglect is failure to provide schooling or special educational needs. For example: Not helping them on homework or teaching them how to read. Emotional neglect includes the lack of any emotional support and love.

Physical Abuse: The inflicting of physical injury upon a child. This may include, burning, hitting, punching, shaking, kicking, beating, or otherwise harming a child. Even if the parents or caretaker didn't intended to hurt the child, but the injury in not an accident.

Sexual Abuse: Is an inappropriate sexual behavior with a child. Like fondling a child's genitals, making the child fondle the adult's genitals, intercourse, incest, rape, and sexual exploitation. To be considered child abuse these acts have to be committed by a person responsible for...