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Saving the Children Throughout history children have been deliberately killed abused and neglected by rulers society or parents Child abuse is an injury or pattern of injuries to a child that is not accidental According to the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in 1995 about 29 million children in the United States were reported as abused or neglected to government agencies that investigate child abuse Child abuse can be hard to recognize sometimes because it is often under the name of spanking or discipline According to the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse par 1 Even when the state takes children away from parents because of the severity of the abuse parents sometimes deny that they did anything wrong par2 But when does discipline become abuse According to Utah State law if you spank a child too hard and heshe gets a bruise that technically counts as an incidence of child abuse par 2 Refraining from physical punishment as practiced by parents and recommended by children psychologist today would have shocked parents of earlier times Murdock 7 Before the 1960s parental discipline often took the form of physical punishment When spankings became beatings physical abuse prevailed 7 Child abuse does not only consist of physical abuse There are several types of child abuse and unfortunately some children experience more than one Physical abuse includes deliberate acts of violence that injure or even kill a child Unexplained bruises broken bones or burn marks on a child may be signs of physical abuse The average age of victims of physical child abuse is eight years old Wallace 33 Twenty-seven percent of all child maltreatment cases involve physical abuse Three percent of these cases involve life-threatening injuries such as poisoning fractures or brain damage Fourteen percent involve minor injuries including bruises cuts or shaking The remaining eleven percent are unspecified injuries 33 The data is probably a low estimate of the true incidence
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