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Imagine being a young child Picture that someone is mistreating you and you arecompletely unable to retaliate in any way Imagine what would be running throughyour mind all of the fear and hatred that you can do nothing with except hold it allinside The United States government defines child abuse specifically as anyrecent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in deathserious physical or emotional harm sexual abuse or exploitation to any individualwho has not attained the age of 18 years or an act or failure to act which presentsan imminent risk of serious harm to any individual who has not attained the age of18 years Petit 28 This is a serious problem that destroys the lives of innocentStatistics show that 903395 children were confirmed as being abused in theUnited States during 1997 alone and there were 1439284 reported instances ofabuse in the United States Statistics of Those numbers add out to be in theneighborhood 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 offive Child Maltreatment Experts also say that 871 of abused children areabused by both the mother and father Statistics of Roughly 27 of childabuse occurs in foster care Statistics ofThe most abundant form of child abuse is neglect Neglect accounts for535 of child abuse nationwide Child Maltreatment Neglect is defined as a child less than 18 years of age whose physical mental or emotionalcondition has been impaired or is in danger of becoming impaired as a resultof the failure of the childs legal guardian to exercise a minimum degree ofcare in supplying the child with adequate food clothing shelter or educationor medical care Neglect also occurs when the legal guardian fails to provide the child with proper supervision or guardianship by allowing the child to beharmed or to be at risk of harm which includes when the
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