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According to the book Adult Children of Abusive Parents ,physical abuse is "any non accidental physical injury, includingones that result in bruises, welts, broken bones, scars, orserious internal injuries." Imagine you are a young eight yearold child, you're life is pretty average, you go to school, comehome and do homework. Only one thing sets you apart from yourclassmates, you have bruises to cover up, they don't. Imaginecoming home every day, and being beaten with a golf club, astick, or an extension cord. Imagine begin forced to spend timein a cage, or sleep underneath you parents car, with only a pieceof cardboard. Imagine not having enough to eat, or being forcedto do difficult yard work with only your bare hands. This isjust the unsafe situation that thousands of kids have to comehome to. In America, there are many people concerned for thesechildren, and that is good, but they are overlooking an importantgroup of kids being abused just as badly, and most people justdon't look at it as seriously as physical abuse. This is calledemotional abuse.According to the same book Adult Children of Abusive Parents ,emotional abuse "includes unreasonable demands put on a childthat are beyond her\his capabilities and may include persistentteasing, belittling, or verbal attacks." The effects on thechild are usually the following: he\she becomes depressed orapathetic, they are anti-social and hostile in nature, loss ofappetite, refusal to eat and\or if the child doesn't feel love,food may be used as a substitute, often resulting in obesityð 7 3 Sh(taken from the Childhelp USA pamphlet).Verbal abuse can be very damaging to kids. The old saying"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurtme" is just not true. The verbal abuse can give a child a negative message about his\herself. As a caller to a radio show putit, "If I had to chose between physical and verbal abuse, I'dtake a beating anytime. You can see the marks so people feelsorry for you. With the verbal stuff, it just makes you crazy.The wounds are invisible. Nobody cares. Real bruises heal ahell of a lot faster than insults." In a traditional society weconsidered the disciplining of a child a private matter, to bedecided by the parents. Today we have come to realize the importance of new procedures to deal with the many cases of physicaland sexual abuse. The only problem is, even the most concernedauthority can't do much about verbal abuse since it is so difficult to detect, and prove.There are different ways a parent can attack a child verbally. The parent(s) could call their child stupid, or ugly. Theseattacks are open, vicious, and very degrading to the child. Theparent(s) may even go as far to say they wish the child hadn'tbeen born. These parents don't know the types of long-termeffects this name calling will have on their child. Other verbalabusers will be more indirect. They may use sarcasm, subtle putdowns, or teasing. This type of parent hides behind a facade ofjoking...

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