Child abuse is a physical or an emotional mistreatment of children. This mistreatment can go on for years and can affect a child forever. Many of these crimes against children are never reported and continue for generations. Child abuse is wrong, it must stop, and it must be punished.
There are many types of child abuse and each of them have terrible affects on the child. The first type of child abuse is child neglect. Child neglect is a serious offense against little children. When a mother leaves a baby in a closed car by itself during the heat of the day, this is neglect. When a mother or father do not feed their children or leave them home alone. This is another type of child neglect. Neglect can be something as simple as never bathing your child, never taking them to the doctor, or giving them medicine when they are sick. Neglect can be leaving a child in a room by themselves for hours, days, months, etc. Child neglect is dangerous, it can lead to a child’s poor health, and even in some cases, child neglect can lead to death. Survivors of child neglect can have poor heath and serious mental conditions. A mother or father who neglect their children should not be allowed to have children.
Another type of child abuse is called emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is when a mother or father constantly yell at their children. Emotional abuse is putting a child down, calling them horrible names, screaming at them, and making them feel bad about themselves. Many children who are abused this way believe that there is something wrong with them. They believe whatever is happening to themselves is their fault. They have a feeling that their mother and father don’t love them anymore. Emotional abuse can lead to many problems. The children can act out and do the same things to their family and friends. They often get into fights at school because they want to hurt somebody. They have so much hurt inside of themselves and they don’t know how to deal with it. In extreme cases mental abuse can lead to emotional problems, drug abuse, and even suicide.
Another type of child abuse is called physical abuse. Physical abuse is when a parent hurts their children physically. This can be a slap in the face, a punch, a physical beating, breaking bones, or causing bruises. The extreme cases are when a parent actually beats their baby or small child to death. Physical abuse of a child is wrong and should be punished by the authorities. A parent who physically abuses their children should not be allowed to have children. They should be arrested and thrown into jail. Survivors of physical abuse live with many problems. Many children who are abused physically either abuse another person physically or they keep all of the pain inside. Eventually, this pain builds up into an uncontrollable anger. This anger can cause problems in everyday life, relationships, and even be used as a tool to abuse their own children.
Another type of child abuse is called incest, molestation, and extreme cases, rape. It’s disappointing, but it happens. Some parents touch their children in the wrong ways. Some parents even go as far as having relations with their own children. This is the most horrible type of child abuse. Parents who touch their children in the wrong way, should never be allowed to be near any children, ever. They should be arrested and thrown in jail for the rest of their lives. Children who are molested by their own parents (even raped) have lasting affects. To put it into a few words, their lives are ruined. Children who are molested feel horrible about themselves. They feel dirty. They feel like they have done something wrong even though it is not their fault. Many children who have been molested close up. They have trouble with their sexual orientation, they have trouble with relationships, they have trouble with life. Sometimes, emotions get too hard to deal with, and they commit suicide.
Regardless of the type of child abuse, the affects last a lifetime. Children should never be abused, especially by their parents. It happens too often and it should not. Many abused children grow up into adulthood not ready to deal with the pain that lives inside of them. They can go to counseling, but many of them don’t. They live their lives with the pain and wind up making their own mistakes. Abused children make mistakes with relationships, drugs, alcohol, and many of them wind up abusing their own children. It is a shame, but child abuse never stops hurting.