Child Abuse


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 parent’s have decided to attend a party which you were not invited to – adults only. “It will be fine,” they say, but deep in your mind you already know what is to come. Your uncle has come 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 your cheek and scurries out the door to join your father already waiting in the car ...

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hand slithers its way onto your knee and you cringe in revulsion. “Don’t be afraid, I won’t hurt you,” he chides. Your mind feels panicky as you feel his touch 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 bloodstains out of your clothes.
What you have just experienced is one type of abuse that occurs millions of times every year across America – child sexual abuse. According to the Merriam – Webster’s dictionary, abuse is defined as “a corrupt practice or custom, or physical maltreatment.” It is the wrong or incorrect use and ...

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victim of the abuse.
A common definition that is given for child sexual abuse is similar to the following: “child sexual abuse is any action perpetrated upon or nearby a child that is sexual in nature and disturbing to the child.” Parents may find this definition too easily applied to parental affection. It would be very easy for a stranger seeing a mother or father kissing their child to believe it was an act of sexual abuse, according the definition above. It’s not likely, nor desirable that parent’s will stop showing affection to their children. If that were to occur, then we would be introducing another way of hurting children, depriving them of affection they need to grow and ...

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