Child Abuse: An Exposition


Imagine for one moment that you are not yourself any longer. Visualize
instead that you are a young girl; old enough to know right from wrong yet still
young enough to be terrified by the dark shadows in your room. It is a cool
autumn night and your parents have opted to attend a party which you are not
allowed at. “It will be fine,” they say. Although you already know what is to
come. Your uncle comes over to watch you for the evening, and your parents are
so pleased by the fact that they do not have to find a sitter. As soon as he
arrives, your mother kisses you on the cheek and scurries out the door to join
your father already waiting in the car outside. The nightmare begins. ...

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in more intimate places and you scream
involuntarily. His grip tightens as he places his hand over your mouth. “We'll
have to do this the hard way!” comes his intense whisper. You flail your arms
at him, but it doesn't help. His writhing massive body is on top of yours, and
you feel so powerless. Eventually, you sink into a sobbing heap and simply wait
for his passions to stop. You wait for the nightmare to end. When he is done,
you limp to the laundry room and try fruitlessly to get the blood stains out of
your clothes. It is all your fault... Abuse: The violation or defilement of;
What you have just experienced is one type of abuse that occurs millions
of times every year across America. Estimates of abuse range wildly depending
on the source of ones information. From one to two million children per year
are victims of child abuse. (Dolan p.3) All sources agree on the simple truth
that not nearly all cases of child abuse are reported or even estimated. ...

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is not capable of doing.
Physical abuse has many forms. It may involve the hitting or kicking of
a child with the fists or the feet, or with another object; such as belts,
shovels, changes, ropes, electric cords, leather straps, canes, baseball bats,
sticks, broom handles, or assorted large objects. Other forms of abuse include
the pouring of scalding water or coffee on a child's body, holding a child's
head under the water of a toilet bowl, stuffed into running washing machines,
throwing a child against a wall, shaking a child with extreme force or placing
parts of a child's anatomy on hot or burning objects to cause pain. (Author's
note: Sometimes in extreme cases the shaking ...

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Added: 10/14/2005 05:18:17 AM
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