Abuse Within the Family
Some teens have to live with violence every day, from
the people that should be protecting them - their families. These teens
have no safe place to go.
Here are some statistics on abuse:
In all 1998 cases reported and confirmed that:
- In 1998, an estimated 1,100 children died of abuse and neglect- an
average of more than 3 children a day.
- More young children and infants die from child abuse and neglect than
any other single cause.
- The percent of children who were neglected was 53.5%.
- The percent of children who were physically abused was 22.7%.
- 11.5% is the percent of children who had been sexually abused.
- Approximately 6% of children had been emotionally abused.
- Another 6% suffered medical neglect.
This type of violence can take many forms.
Physical abuse is when an adult goes too far in physically disciplining
a child. It can include hitting, biting, choking, or beating with a belt or
paddle. A few signs of physical abuse are:
- stomach or head damage.
This mainly occurs when yelling and anger goes too far, or when the
parent continuously belittles, threatens, or kicks out a child until his/her
self- esteem and feelings of self- worth is spoiled. This type of abuse
can cause scars just like physical abuse. Emotional abuse also brings emotional
damage. Some signs of emotional abuse are:
- abrupt change in self-assurance
- headaches or bellyaches with no medical cause
- abnormal fears, withdrawal of nightmares,
- and attempts to run away from their home
Sexual abuse is any type of sexual contact with a child. Some signs of
sexual abuse are:
- fearful behaviors like nightmares,
- attempts to run away,
- and unusual fears.
Neglect occurs when a child doesn't have enough food, shelter,
clothing, medical care, and handling. Emotional neglect occurs when an adult
does not maintain enough emotional comfort or intentionally and consistently
pays very little or no attention to a child. But it's not neglect if a parent
does not get a child what he or she wants.Signs of neglect are:
- Failure to gain weight ( especially babies)
- desperately affectionate behavior
- ravening appetite and stealing food.
For most cases, juveniles who are abused or neglected endure greater
emotional than physical damage. Any child who has been severely mistreated
may end up depressed, develop suicidal tendencies, or show violent behavior.
When the child gets older he/ she may use drugs or alcohol, attempt to run
away, confound discipline attempts or abuse others. As the child grows to
be an adult he/ she may develop marital and other family difficulties.