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Imagine being a young child Picture that someone is mistreating you and you are completely unable to retaliate in any way Imagine what would be running through your mind all of the fear and hatred that you can do nothing with except hold it all inside The United States government defines child abuse specifically as any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death serious physical or emotional harm sexual abuse or exploitation to any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm to any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years Petit 28 This is a serious problem that destroys the lives of innocent children every day Statistics show that 903395 children were confirmed as being abused in the United States during 1997 alone and there were 1439284 reported instances of abuse in the United States Statistics of Those numbers add out to be in the neighborhood of 154 of the nations children being abused daily Statistics of Child abuse also accounts for nearly 575 of fatalities to children under the age of five Child Maltreatment Experts also say that 871 of abused children are abused by both the mother and father Statistics of Roughly 27 of child abuse occurs in foster care Statistics of The most abundant form of child abuse is neglect Neglect accounts for 535 of child abuse nationwide Child Maltreatment Neglect is defined as a child less than 18 years of age whose physical mental or emotional condition has been impaired or is in danger of becoming impaired as a result of the failure of the childs legal guardian to exercise a minimum degree of care in supplying the child with adequate food clothing shelter or education or medical care Neglect also occurs when the legal guardian
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