I have written a previous post about domestic violence here:
There are various forms of mistreatment in today’s society but I would like to focus on an important and increasing topic: Child abuse
Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, emotional harm or risk of serious harm, and/or death, to a child. Many forms of mistreatment include neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse.
http://www.childwelfare.gov has a fact sheet in PDF format, on recognizing the signs and symptoms of child abuse. The USA Surgeon General states under the category of mental health: “Severe and repeated trauma during youth may have enduring effects upon both neurobiological and psychological development. These individuals experience a greatly increased risk of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders throughout adult life. Child abuse violates the trust at the core of a child’s relationship with the world. Many survivors experience chaotic lifestyles, frequently have difficulty forming adult intimate attachments and often show behavior that may threaten or disrupt close bonds/relationships. The impact of child abuse does not end when the abuse stops and the long-term effects can interfere with day-to-day functioning. Understanding the relationship between prior abuse and current behavior is the first step towards recovery.
Primary prevention requires dedicated effort on multiple levels to promote and sustain lasting social and behavioral change. We need an approach that accepts child abuse as a widespread and harmful social practice that is reinforced every day by long-standing and problematic cultural beliefs and values. If you are concerned that a child is being abused, you can speak anonymously with the government authorities in your state and/or use the telephone number below
National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-Child 1-800-422-4453
How can a person abuse a child?
How can so many ‘good’ people not do anything about it?”