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Child Abuse in America


             Child Abuse Maltreatment of children is not a new phenomenon. It
             dates back far into history, as far as the colonial times and even back to
             biblical times. During the recent years child maltreatment has had an
             increase in the publics eye. There are many factors to child
             maltreatment. There are four general categories of child maltreatment now
             recognized. They are physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and emotional
             maltreatment. Each category, in turn, covers a range of behavior. The
             maltreatment of children not only affects the children themselves, but
             also affects the family intern making it dysfunctional. Physical
             Abuse Physical abuse may be best defined as any non-accidental physical
             injury by a person who has care, custody, or control of a child. The
             definition contains two key aspects, the act is intentional or willful,
             and/or the act resulted in physical injury. Accidental does not qualify
             as child abuse. (Wallace,29) Physical abused children do not fit any
             type of stereotype. Abuse occurs in all neighborhoods. Also, abusers
             come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and sexes. There are many signs of
             physical abuse. First the location and types of injuries, many time
             the parent or care takers will deny any wrong doing or the child has
             suffered any physical injury. There are always those injuries that
             consist of a normal childhood upbringing, such as falling of their bike or
             bumping their head. Then, there are those which they cannot be explained.
             When caretakers deny any injuries or have no knowledge of an injury,
             there is a very strong likely hood that physical abuse exists. Here are
             some of the signs of physical abuse. Bruises happen for various of
             accidental reasons. There are also bruises that are tell tale signs of
             abuse. Bruises have a time clock that can tell when it happened. Also,
             the location of t


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