Throughout the world there are plenty of problems within countries and cities. One problem that is happening worldwide is child abuse. When most people think about child abuse they think of a child not being able to eat dinner or a child that doesn’t have clean clothes. This is very stereotypical due to the facts in articles and statistics. Child abuse in America is seen every day on the news and in newspaper articles. Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect.
Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving ore than six million (a report can include multiple children). The United States has among the worst records among industrialized nations-losing an average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. (National, Internet) America has tried to take a stand against child abuse but they cannot catch all abusers in this country. The general statistics are hard to believe since we don’t notice it in our homes or within schools.
A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
It is said that more than four children die every day as a result of child abuse. It is estimated that between fifty to sixty percent of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates. Approximately eighty percent of children that die from abuse are under the age of four. It is hard to believe that about thirty percent of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle.
(National, Internet) Some people are very sheltered when it comes to understanding what really is happening in the real world.
They do not care to read the latest articles of newspapers or watch television o find atrocious news about how a child had accidentally drowned in the parent’s bathtub. In all seriousness, this is a never ending, horrifying problem that is always going to be worldwide. Child abuse is more than bruises or broken bones. While physical abuse is shocking due to the scars it leaves, not all child abuse is so obvious. Ignoring children’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, or making a child feel worthless or stupid are also child abuse. Regardless of the type of child abuse, the result is serious. Smith, Internet) There is not any single fact which auses child abuse, abuse usually occurs in families where there is a combination of risk factors. Abuse and neglect occur mostly in families who are under pressure and lack of support. Most occur in families in which include: frequent changed of addresses, poverty, lack of education, loneliness, unemployment, serious marital problems and inadequate housing. (Causes, Internet) When people are assuming of what goes on in a child’s life they never want to assume the worst. If a child has a broken arm they would never think their own parent would do that to them.
Or a weet little girl would have bruises on her thighs and arms would be from a raging alcoholic of an uncle. Also, certain community attitudes may encourage child abuse. These include: acceptance of the use of violence and force, acceptance of physical punishment of children, acceptable of parents “ownership” of children, racism, inequality between men and women. (Causes, Internet) Although this is only some facts and statistics over something that has a much bigger role worldwide, it is still good to oe aware 0T wnat Is nappenlng every second 0T every minute 0T every cay.