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Friday, August 26, 2011

H.E.A.P. (Help Eliminate Abuse, Please)- By: Tishorn Smart

          Physical abuse is a term that can be defined as any contact intended to cause feelings of intimidation, injury, or suffering.
Abuse, whether physical, emotional, sexual, or verbal is a problem that is on the increase. The effects of child abuse on children can last a lifetime.
Some of the effects of physical abuse are: minor cuts and bruises, broken bones, swollen limbs, internal bleeding, cancers etc. There are also psychological or emotional effects such as depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, suicidal attempts, difficulty establishing and maintaining relations and even death.
Child abuse is totally wrong because the rights of the child are being violated.
Children have the right to be protected from all types of abuse, and abusers are breaking the law when they abuse a child.
They can end up going to prison.
Once a child is known to be abused there are certain steps the police or the government should take.
They should remove the abused child from the household and place them into protective custody (in a group, home or foster care, if necessary).
For the abuser, I recommend a long jail sentence.
A victim of child abuse can help stop the abuse by speaking out and get help.
Support groups and centers where abused children can get counseling.
Also, adults should be aware that silence is not consent, and they should be doing what is in the best interest of the child by caring for them instead of abusing them.
          The abuse of child has harmful and long lasting effects and negative consequences for all which includes both the abuser and the child and for this reason child abuse should stop.

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