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Child Abuse Prevention Brent Schlosser Topic Statement All adults should take an active role in encouraging preventive measures to combat child abuse Goal Statement I am hoping to persuade the audience to take an active role in encouraging the State Government to mandate parenting classes in high schools In persuading my audience I will encourage my audience to take action by writing to their state congressmen I believe that these parenting classes will encourage self-awareness while teaching parents the roles of a family member how to manage family finances how the family may coordinate work and family life and teach the nature of conflict and its resolution As well as provide skills for the nurturing of children and the responsibilities for parenthood Statement of the ProblemNeed Child abuse is a known and growing problem in the United States and especially in Ohio In conjunction with the escalating tragedy of child abuse Ohio was ranked one of the top five leading states reporting child abuse in 1995-1996 Chadwick Heaton 1999 Current child protection efforts must be improved so that no further harm is done to children who have already been abused or neglected If the parent fails to provide the necessities of life to children under the age of 16 the child may be removed from the home and put into foster care The best solution to child abuse and related situations is prevention through education The state of Ohio needs programs to supply education to high school students on how to provide adequate care and be responsible parents Pros and Con Claims NeedProblem Is child abuse is a very serious issue Retrospective studies have demonstrated that a significant percentage of adults who abuse children were abused themselves as a child eg Cappell Heiner 1990 Gelles 1973 Hunter et al 1978 cited by Bernett Miller-Perrin Perrin 1997 p60 Pro-Side 1It has be proven that unabused children
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