Child Abuse in America

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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

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