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What Is Child Abuse?

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What is Child Abuse? By definition, child abuse is the deliberate and willful

        injury of a child by a caretaker hitting, beating with an object, slamming

        against a wall, even killing. It involves active, hostile, aggressive treatment.

        The key word in the definition of child abuse is deliberate. Why would

        anyone physically harm a child? The physical destruction of a child is the

        extreme reaction of parents to the stress of having children. Most people are

        not aware of the fact that deliberately hitting a child is considered a felony in

        all fifty states. Abuse of children is more common than most people realize.

        At least one out of five adult women and one out of every ten adult men

        report having been abused in childhood. Recognizing child abuse in its several

        forms is a twentieth century phenomenon. Child abuse is also more likely to

        be recognized in economically developed countries than in other parts of the

        world. Children have been beaten and abandoned for centuries, based

        primarily on the belief that children are the property of their parents. By

        educating yourself and your children about abuse, you can help prevent it

        from happening to your children and better cope with it if it does. (Child 6)

        There are four different forms of child abuse. They are physical abuse (child

        beating and neglect), sexual abuse, incest, and exploitation (such as child

        pornography). Physical abuse occurs when a caretaker deliberately beats the

        child. Some examples of 2 physical abuse include burning with a cigarette,

        striking a child, and scalding with hot water. According to social agencies,

        beatings of children have been multiplying...


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