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Child Abuse What is child abuse It is the physical or emotional abuse of a child by a parent guardian or other person Reports of child abuse including sexual abuse beating and murder have climbed in the United States and some authorities believe that the number of cases is largely under reported Child neglect is sometimes included in legal definitions of child abuse to cover instances of malnutrition desertion and inadequate care of a childs safety When reported child abuse cases are complicated by inadequate foster care services and a legal system that has trouble accommodating the suggestible nature of children who are often developmentally unable to distinguish fact from make-believe Hay 1996 Many children suffer at the hands of adults - often their own parents They are beaten kicked thrown into walls andor burned with cigarettes They have their heads held under the water of toilet bowls are scalded by hot water or they are forced to stand in freezing showers until they pass out A child could be stuffed into running washing machines or sexually molested suffer from neglect in the forms of starvation and lack of medical attention and still go unnoticed by outsiders In fact it is estimated that three children die every day in the US alone from one form of child abuse or another It is a sickening practice that has no set standard of rules to finish off the persisting problem Different states have different methods and agencies to help prevent abuse in the home some work quite well while others bomb - a dangerous gamble when it comes to the life or mental state of a child I have seen child abuse first hand and up close I serve on the Advisory Board and Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Services Foster Care Division of Michigan It is appalling immoral and heart wrenching to see how adults can treat children The
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