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A Thesis Paper On Child Abuse With A Look Into Dave Pelzers Autobiography "A Child Called "It"" Outlines Various Types Of Child Abuse And Prevention Suggestions.

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Titled Child Abuse.A thesis paper on child abuse with a look into Dave Pelzers autobiography "A Child Called "IT"" Outlines various types of child abuse and prevention suggestions.Child abuse and neglect occur in every state, province and territory, in large cities, small townsand rural areas. Although many people fail to realize or admit it is and has been occurring, thesad truth is otherwise. Each day in the United States more than three children die as a result ofchild abuse in the home. That is more than 1,000 children a year and most of these children areunder the age of six. (http://www.childhelpusa.org/child/links.htm) You may be wondering, whatexactly is child abuse? Of what does it consist? Are there different types? What are the signs?Read on to find all the answers and take a look into the life of Dave Pelzer who was a victim ofchild abuse. Also, do not forget to read child protection and preventive services to find out howto protect and prevent child abuse in your area.Child abuse is widespread and needs to be not only acknowledged but curtailed. When peopleconceive child abuse many think of physical harm and nothing else. They think of external orinternal bruises, burns, fractures, wounds or poisoning and do not conceptualize actions ofsexual molestation or neglect. In 1995 the American Medical Association stated, "Child abuseoccurs if a person who has the care or custody of a child causes or allows the child to suffer anyof the following: physical harm, such as external or internal bruises, burns, fractures, wounds,brain damage or poisoning; malnutrition (including dehydration) or mental ill-heath of a degreethat if not immediately remedied could seriously impair growth and development or result inpermanent injury or death; or sexual molestation."(Snyder, Check, and Koop 15-16 ). HealthCanada states, "Child abuse occurs when a parent, guardian or caregiver [sic] mistreats orneglects a child, resulting in injury, or significant emotional or psychological harm, or seriousrisk of harm to the child."(http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hppb/familyviolence/html/childabueng.html)While children of all ages are at risk of child abuse, those three years old or less are mostfrequently investigated for neglect. Neglect originates when the child's parents or other care-givers fail to provide the essential conditions to a child's emotional, psychological and physicalgrowth. Physical neglect takes place when the child's needs for food, clothing, shelter,cleanliness, medical care and protection from harm are not sufficiently met. While a case ofphysical assault is more inclined to come to the attention of public authorities, neglect andemotional abuse can exemplify an equally crucial risk to a child.(Province of Nova Scotia 3-4)Children aged twelve to fifteen are most frequently investigated for physical or emotional abuse.Emotional abuse is one of the most widespread and destructive forms of child abuse. Making funof a child, name calling, always finding...

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