Child Abuse

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Child abuse is a major social problem in the society in which we live.   Child abuse is the physical, psychological/emotional or sexual maltreatment of children under the age of eighteen by a person who is responsible for the welfare of a child (Kendall, 2004).   Child abuse occurs in many settings, residents, churches, schools, childcare facilities and residential schools.   It has been documented that the most common form of child maltreatment is not physical but rather neglect, not meeting a child’s basic needs for emotional warmth and security, adequate shelter, food, health care, education, clothing, and protection (Kendall, 2004).  
Child abuse has been a major social problem for several decades. Throughout history, in all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, children were considered property of their parents and could be punished or ignored as the parent wishes.   In 1875, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was founded (The History of Child Protection, n.d). This was the beginning of an American society moral obligation to address protecting kids.   In the 1930s the passage of the Social Security Act legally protected children from their parents (Kendall, 2004).   In the 1960s, physical abuse and neglect was acknowledged and documented through radiology procedures (The History of Child Protection, n.d).   In the late 1960s child abuse became a criminal act (The History of Child Protection, n.d). Child abuse has become an epidemic that must be resolved because our children are dying at a faster rate than people who suffer from chronic illnesses. According to, the Prevention and Treatment of child abuse, 3 million reports are made a year in the US.   An expert from the Prevention and Treatment of abuse
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has estimated that the actual amount of incidents of abuse and neglect are 3 times greater but not reported (2008).
The effects of child abuse can lead to psychological disorders and even...