Posts Tagged ‘neglect’

Zilch. Zero. Nada.

Every year, between 133 million and 275 million children witness domestic violence in their home. What should this number be? Zilch.

In the United States, EACH DAY four children die as a result of child abuse or child neglect. How many children should die because of this? Zilch.

In the United States, four women per day are killed by someone who is supposed to love them and honor them. How many of these women should be killed? Zilch.

In the United States, 78% of the child fatalities due to child abuse and/or neglect are are a direct result of the parents. What should this number be? Zilch.

The statistics go on and on and on.

What can YOU do? Listen and watch for opportunities to make a difference in your community. Is there an election involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, or any other kind of abuse in your area? If so, speak up. Vote. Make a difference. Local communities need to do what they can do to make a difference. They can set up shelters, community centers, and inform the public. You can help make that happen. If you know someone who is being abused, you can help support them through it. You can make a difference in their life. You can help inform them. You can help make an escape plan. You can.

Until the statistics reach “zilch” we have to keep on working toward that number, doing anything we can to help the problem; to help the victims; to make survivors out of victims.

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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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Child Abuse is a tough subject. Today I will just lay out some of the forms of abuse and what they encompass. Later in this series I will try to make the connection to actual children a little more concrete.

There are four major types of child abuse: physical abuse; mental or psychological abuse; sexual abuse; and neglect.

Physical abuse is an injury resulting from aggression, even if the intent was not to abuse. These injuries can be the result of hitting, slapping, biting, pushing, pinching, kicking, shaking, hair pulling, burning, or other severe physical punishment. Physical abuse can also be the result of illness, such as Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (where an adult induces an illness in a child so that he/she can get attention from others as the caregiver). Shaken Baby Syndrome is another example of physical child abuse, as is exposing an unborn child to drugs by consuming them during pregnancy.

Hundreds of thousands of children are abused every year by someone who is close to them and is supposed to love them. Thousands of these children die each year as a result of this abuse. Those that survive are emotionally scarred.

Emotional or mental or psychological abuse is the result of any attitude, behavior, or failure to act that interferes with the mental or social development of a child. It can be as simple as verbal abuse or as extreme as as severe punishment. Mental or emotion abuse is almost always present when other types of abuse are present.

Emotional or mental abuse can come from a parent, a teacher, clergy, coach, other children and bullies.

Sexual abuse of a child can be fondling or violating a child’s physical/bodily privacy. Exposing a child to sexual situations, including sex acts, pornographic material, and commercial sexual exploitation (prostitution). The abusers can be one or both parents, a teacher, a coach, any person in authority, older siblings, neighbors, strangers, foster parents, and many adults in other authoritative situations.

Neglect is a tricky one and effects more children than those who are sexually abused and physically abused combined. Physical neglect is when a child’s physical needs, such as food, shelter, medicine, or supervision is denied. Educational neglect is when a parent/caregiver fails to enroll a school aged child in school, or when they fail to provide/find needed special education. It also includes allowing a child to stay home excessively when not sick. Some parents fail to provide the emotional support and caring that a child needs. They fail to address a child’s emotional needs, including seeking psychological treatment.

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