We often see movies or read books about child abuse. We hear about fathers raping their own children or how teachers are taking advantage of students.
“90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. 68% are abused by a family member.”(1)
Why is this topic not discussed with facts, or solutions, to help those that are currently going through those issues? Why is it that when a child comes to a teacher to report a problem, the teacher will call the parent to confirm if unusual activity is going on in the home? Christine Hart responded to that question in an interview with Huffington Post. “I wish I could have told an adult what was going on, but mostly adults in those days referred to parents over and over. My class teacher once, without a word to me, called in my Mother to say I never smiled at school. I got a beating as soon as I got home and then had to plaster a fake laugh and smile every minute at school, or the teacher would have told my Mother again. It was very stressful and even now I find it hard to really let go and relax.”(2) Christine Hart was a victim and survivor of child abuse by her step-father.
Why is it necessary to understand and acknowledge Child Abuse? Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. both suggest to begin differentiating between myths and truth. Also to remind ourselves that Child Abuse isn’t just sexual. Neglect, and emotional abuse are also considered to be Child Abuse.(3)
“Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime.”(1). If there is a way to stop these heartbreaking stories, wouldn’t we want to be a part of it? The first step is to expand our knowledge and learn.
- 11 facts about Child Abuse (https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-child-abuse)
- An Interview With Writer and Child Abuse Survivor Christine Hart. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-forest/an-interview-with-writer-_b_5698671.html)
- Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Preventing, and Reporting Child Abuse. (http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect.htm)