How much do you know about child abuse? According to Stewards for Children, based out of Mount Pleasant, SC, 1 in 4 girls are abuse and 1 in 6 boys are abuse during their childhood. This adds to one-fifth of our children being abused. There are many types of abuse that children suffer through and sometimes prevail. Most abuse goes unreported either by the child, due to fear, or by the parents, due to the stigma of child abuse or just the sheer disbelief that something like that could happen to their child. Most children that are abused are abused by a relative or a trusted family friend. Everyone has heard the information about the priests abusing alter boys, and Casey Anthony on trial for murder of her daughter. These news stories are heartbreaking and unnecessary.
I want to be able to help my readers understand and look for signs of abuse of all types. There are specific things to look for when dealing with abused children. There are also several different types of child abuse. The first type of abuse I want to deal with is physical abuse. Physical abuse can come in many forms, such as not maintaining proper hygene for the child. You also need to look for bruises on the children. All children get bruises from time to time, but if there is consistent bruising, there may a problem at home. Some parents abuse their children and dress them to hide bruises and threaten the child not to tell or show the bruises.
Malnutrition is another form of physical abuse. You can’t always look at a child and know they are undernourished. You can pay attention to their energy level, and the content and amounts of food they eat. If there is some concern, you can always talk to the child and ask questions such as, “What did you have for dinner last night?” If their answer is vague and unconvincing, you may need to keep a closer eye on that particular child.
Our community needs education of child abuse. Child abuse is unnecessary and cruel and it needs to be eradicated from our society. As I learn about child abuse and the many forms of such, I will convey the knowledge that I receive to my readers to help save a child. If the information provided in these articles saves one child, I have helped to educate someone to be able to help someone who can’t help themselves.