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Long Term Effects of Child Abuse
Thomas, a well rounded student in high school, worked hard every day to excel in all school subjects. One day Thomas came in with a bruise on his arm and told everyone that he had fallen while skateboarding. Over the next few days Thomas started showing up late to school and sometimes not even going at all. He came in with more bruises and even a broken arm. His grades started to slip and his attitude started changing. Thomas started making dramatic changes for the worse. Week after week Thomas made up lies to cover up his bruises and broken bones. Thomas was being abused by his father, each and every day the attacks got more severe. It had been about three months and Thomas stopped showing up for school. Everyone was worried about him then later they found out that Thomas was killed. His father had beaten him to death and sexually abused Thomas. It started out as a few meaningless comments that could only hurt a person’s feelings but progressed and ended in the death of Thomas. However, Thomas is not alone in the world of abuse, in the United States 4 children die every day as a result of child abuse. Three out of the four of these children are under the age of 4 (Child Abuse). There are four main types of child abuse; Sexual abuse, Emotional abuse, Physical abuse and Child neglect. Each and every type of abuse has short and long term affects. Although every effect of child abuse is serious, some carry a higher level of seriousness then others. Child abuse is generational, meaning if your mom abused you then it was likely that her parents abused her and the chain could continue if nothing is done to prevent the abuse. Even if child abuse happens only a single time, it can leave an everlasting feeling that converges with social means, emotional aspects, and the way that child treats other people around them.
Sexual child abuse is defined as any sexual act between an adult and a child. It has components of both physical and emotional abuse. Sexual abuse can be...