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Child Abuse. Writing Assignment. “My Expectations of Parenthood” Write paragraph with the above title. Turn into the teacher. Discussion . How did you feel when subjected to constant crying? What frustrations did you have?

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writing assignment
Writing Assignment

“My Expectations of Parenthood”

Write paragraph with the above title.

Turn into the teacher

  • How did you feel when subjected to constant crying?
  • What frustrations did you have?
  • What would be your reaction to crying children?
is this child abuse
Is this child abuse?
  • A girl is slapped for screaming at her mother; the slap stings, but leaves no lasting mark or pain.
  • A father burns his daughter’s palms with a lighted cigarette when he finds her smoking.
  • A boy’s arm is broken after wrestling with his father for sport.
  • A girl is spanked so hard she is badly bruised, but the father says he did not mean to hurt her.
  • A boy is grounded for a week for a minor offense.
  • Is there a difference between child abuse and discipline?
  • Where do we draw the line?
  • Define Child Abuse.
    • What do you considered child abuse?

Child abuse consists of anything that endangers or impairs a child's physical or emotional well being and development. Child discipline is - in a word - training.
  • Each day in the United States, more than 9 children die as a result of child abuse in the home.
  • Most of the children who die are younger than six years of age.
  • More children (age four and younger) die from child abuse and neglect than any other single, leading cause of death for infants and young children.
types of child abuse
Types of Child Abuse
  • Neglect – 63%
  • Physical – 19%
  • Sexual – 10%
  • Emotional – 8%
physical abuse
Physical Abuse

Behavioral indicators of physical abuse:

wary of physical contact with

adults, behavioral extremes

(aggressive or withdrawn),

frightened of parents, afraid to

go home, cheating, stealing,

lying (a sign that expectations

in the home are too high),

layered clothing.

Physical indicators:unexplained bruises,

burns, human bites, broken bones, missing hair, scratches.

non-accidental injury of a child that leaves marks, scars, bruises, or broken bones.

emotional abuse
Emotional Abuse

– parental behavior, such as rejecting, terrorizing, berating, ignoring, or isolating a child,

  • Physical indicators of emotional abuse: speech disorders, lags in physical development, failure to thrive.
  • Behavioral indicators of emotional abuse: habit disorders (sucking, biting, rocking),

– failure of parents or caretakers to provide needed, age appropriate care including food, clothing, shelter, protection from harm, and medical care.

  • Behavioral indicators of neglect:begging or stealing food, frequent sleepiness, lack of appropriate supervision, inappropriate clothing for weather conditions.
sexual abuse
Sexual Abuse
  • – any inappropriate sexual exposure or touch by an adult to a child or an older child to a younger child. This includes, but is not limited to: fondling, sexual intercourse, sexual assault, rape, date rape, incest, child prostitution, exposure, and pornography.
  • Behavioral indicators of sexual abuse: age-inappropriate sexual knowledge/sexual touch, abrupt change in personality, withdrawn, poor peer relationships, regressive behavior (i.e., bed wetting).
sexual assault of children
Sexual Assault of Children
  • Convicted rape and sexual assault offenders serving time in state prisons report that two-thirds of their victims were under the age of 18.
  • Among rape victims less than 12 years of age, 90% of the children knew the offender, according to police-recorded incident data.
  • Frequently, the person who sexually molests a child is also a child.
influence of substance abuse
Influence of Substance Abuse
  • Nearly one-half of substantiated cases of child neglect and abuse are associated with parental alcohol or drug abuse.
  • It is estimated that one in every four children in the United States (28 million) are living in a household with an alcoholic adult.
  • Men and women serving time in the nation’s prisons and jails report a higher incidence of abuse as children that the general populations.
three major components of child abuse
Three major components of child abuse



Care Giver




Child Abuse

stressors associated with the child
  • An unwanted child
  • A child that is different Handicapped A crying, irritable child
  • A hyperactive child
  • A child that reminds the parent or someone they do not like
  • A low birth-weight child
stressors associated with the parent
Abused as a child

Single parent

Spouse is gone much of the time


Alcohol or other drugs.

Emotional immaturity

Postpartum depression

Stress of unemployment

Financial stress

  • Never discipline your child when your anger is out of control.
  • Teach your child the difference between “good touches,” “bad touches” and “confusing touches.”
  • When your child tells you he or she doesn’t want to be with someone, this could be a red flag. Listen to them and believe what they say.
  • Be aware of changes in your child’s behavior or attitude, and inquire into it.
  • Be alert for any talk that reveals premature sexual understanding.
  • Pay attention when someone shows greater than normal interest in your child.
reporting the abuse
Reporting the abuse
  • Report the abuse.
    • Children’s Justice Center (sexual abuse only) 1-866-363-4276 or 1-866-ENDHARM
    • AMBER Alert