Child Abuse Defines, Describes and Explains Child Abuse.

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Child Abuse

Spring 2009

Child Abuse

Child abuse and neglect occur in every state, province and territory, in large cities, small towns and rural areas. Child abuse is defined as the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children (University, 2009). Each day in the United States four children die as a result of child abuse in the home. That is more than 1,400 children a year and most of these children are under the age of four (Childhelp, 2009). Over the recent past, there has been a growing recognition of child physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. This recognition has led to research in finding long-term effects of abuse on children. Knowing what, exactly, child abuse is, the warning signs and the affects, will aid in the prevention of child abuse.

According to the book, Adult Children of Abusive Parents, physical abuse is "any non-accidental physical injury" (Farmer, 1989).

The issue of physical child abuse is widespread and affects the individual, the family, and society as a whole. When a child has any signs of violence placed upon them by someone older they have experienced physical child abuse. Signs of child abuse in their appearance are not usually hard to identify. They include things like, burns, fractures, unusual patterns of bruising, etc. There are also internal signs of injury that may be discovered by a doctor. Other signs to look for in the child's behavior would be anger, fears, avoiding social contact or seeming withdrawn, aggression, depression, hard-to-believe stories about how accidents occurred, school problems or failure, seeming afraid of a parent or other adults, self-destructive, etc. Physical child abuse affects everyone. It directly affects the individual and those surrounding, while indirectly affecting society. These adverse affects on...