Posts Tagged ‘child abuse’

Jasmine is 9. She loves school, especially her language arts class because her teacher, Miss Gregory, has a lot of creative writing assignments and Jasmine loves creative writing. She is writing the story of her life.

Today, she is at home, not at school. She couldn’t go to school because her mother is asleep and can’t get up to take care of Jasmine’s little brother, Danny. Danny is almost 5. Sometimes, when her mom goes out at night, Jasmine takes care of Danny. Her mom doesn’t believe in spending money on a babysitter. Most of the time, her mom gets home very, very late and Jasmine has to help her mom get to bed. That’s when Jasmine knows her mom will be too sick and sleepy to take care of Danny so Jasmine knows she will be staying home.

Jasmine doesn’t like to stay home and miss school but it’s okay because she doesn’t want Danny to be alone all day while their mother sleeps. Besides, it gives her a chance to wash her clothes. Jasmine doesn’t have a lot of school that still fit her. Her shoes are tight, too, but her mom says there is no money for shoes or clothes so Jasmine has to wash her clothes every day after school or she will have to wear it dirty. Sometimes, when she’s at home with Danny and their mom is in her room, Jasmine wonders why her mom can’t get money for clothes and shoes for her and Danny at the same place her mom gets money to buy clothes that fit her and money to go out and to drink and come home sick. Oh well, Jasmine will stay home and take care of Danny this year but next year Danny will be in school so Jasmine won’t have to stay home. She hopes her mom will have money for clothes for Jasmine next year because Jasmine is growing very fast. She doesn’t want to have to stay home all the time again.

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Ignoring, or better known as child neglect,  in the United States is the most prevalent form of child abuse. Approximately 900,000 children in the United States who were victims of abuse and neglect in 2005, more than 62% were victims of neglect alone, including medical neglect. (US Dept. Of Human Health & Services [USDHHS])

According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Systems (NCANDS), more than 42% of fatalities due to child abuse are the result of child neglect alone. An additional 24% of child abuse fatalities are a result of physical abuse and neglect together.

NCANDS defines neglect as “a type of maltreatment that refers to the failure by the caregiver to provide needed, age-appropriate care although financially able to do so or offered financial or other means to do so” (USDHHS, 2007).

There are four basic types of child neglect: physical neglect (ongoing failure to provide for the physical needs of a child, such as food, clothing, and shelter), medical neglect (refusal to seek medical care for a child when doing so would result in physical deformity or death, including refusal to act on medical recommendations for treatment to prevent such, even though financially able to), educational neglect (failure to enroll a child in age appropriate mandatory education or enforcing attendance at such) and emotional neglect (includes engaging in chronic spousal abuse in the presence of a child; threatening a child; failure to respond to a child’s basic needs for attention or affection; constant name-calling and bullying; isolating a child from normal age appropriate social involvement.

Neglect leads to issues of low self-esteem, lack of trust, relationship difficulties, feelings of worthlessness or being damaged, trouble regulating emotions, violence, and suicide. It happens in all socio-economic strata, not just low income situations. When the victims of this abuse are children younger than school age, the neglect often goes undetected because no one sees the child on a regular basis. Once in school, those around a child (teachers and other school personnel, medical personnel, scout leaders, etc.) that suffers from neglect will often notice poor hygiene, low weight or height (failure to thrive), unkempt clothing, lack of a lunch for school, etc. It is then that it is reported.

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