About half of all South African teenagers aged between 15 and 19 reported having had sex. Teenage pregnancy is considered as one major distraction to the success of many girls’ education. Teenage pregnancy is a social problem with biological and physical consequences. Sexual education is now part of the learning area ‘Life Skills” in schools, but teenagers still fall pregnant because they are not open and lack transparency when discussing sexual matters. Teenage pregnancy has always been a medical problem no matter how many young girls are educated about sexual intercourse, condoms, contraceptives and HIV/AIDS.
The voices of Indigenous children are unheard and purposely ignored. This is portrayed through the literature of Birdie by Tracey Lindberg and Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. Despite both apologies from Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau, the government system to protect First Nations children appears to have detrimental effects on the life of a child. This is proven by young children turning to drugs in order to satisfy their growing pain, family members who abuse their children because they consume high amounts of alcohol, which has a negative impact on the child, and discriminatory behaviour by surrounding communities. To begin with, young children turning to drugs in order to satisfy their growing pain.
Up to fifty percent of human trafficking victims are minors and seventy percent of children show signs of suicidal tendencies after and being involved in sex trafficking. Sex trafficking doesn't just leave physical effects but it leaves mental and emotional effects on its victims as well. Often victims will feel shame, grief, fear, distrust and suicidal thoughts, and they often experience post-traumatic stress disorder, and with that, acute anxiety, depression and insomnia. Some other effects are girls won't leave leave because of the fear of what might happen to them or their family. If a girl runs away if she is caught she will be beaten, raped, starved and a lot more.
Cyntoia was born to an alcoholic mother with records of multiple psychiatric disorders; quoting from Brown’s mother, “Bipolar, personality disorder, suicidal, manic depressive, which is an unguarded condition. At times I’ve had homicidal thoughts for people that have hurt me. I’ve been raped, and I always wanted to do things to them for hurting me.” Furthermore, to add even more to the trauma, Cyntoia, her mother and grandmother were all raped over the course of three generations. Cyntoia’s mother also was unable to take care of the girl, as she has a history of intergenerational abuse; She had also testified to heavy drinking, about a fifth of whiskey per day, while pregnant with the girl; mother’s alcoholism had resulted in Cyntoia being born with Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, which has slowed her brain development and had lowered her IQ. Brown’s mother began using crack cocaine when the girl was eight months; furthermore, by the time she was 2 years old, Cyntoia was given up for adoption.
Anderson Feminism has been an issue in our society for a very long period of time and has been shown in movies, the media and novels. The novel “Lullabies for Little Criminals” by Heather O’Neil demonstrates an extreme case of feminism as the protagonist is shown to be manipulated by men as a way to survive in the current society. This reliance on men has a huge psychological effect on Baby and turns her towards the use of drugs, sexual acts and prostitution rings at a very young age. These acts make the protagonist look weak minded and a less important part of our society. Baby becomes very quickly
Are Children Beauty Pageants really safe? Children beauty pageants can have negative effects it can be physically or mentally. People should ban child beauty pageants because beauty pageants sexualize children, parents abuse their child and it exposes children from pedophiles. Sexualizing children are one of the reasons that children beauty pageants should be banned. “Young girls who participate in pageants become sexualized by wearing adult style clothing, makeup, and assuming provocative poses.” (Beauty Pageants Are Not Appropriate for Young Children) 4-8 years old little girls wearing skimpy clothes, using makeup and posing sexually which can attract sexual predators.
Fetal alcohol syndrome is a severe and devastating condition that develops in a child due to exposure to alcohol while in the womb. Symptoms of the syndrome range from physical deformities to mental disabilities. Several birth defects caused by fetal alcohol syndrome are seen in the protagonist of The Rocking Horse Winner, Paul. Paul suffers from slight facial deformities, schizophrenia, and behavioral problems. Altogether his disabilities provide evidence that his mother consumed alcohol while pregnant with him.
“Shaken baby syndrome” is an affliction that mostly effects babies under the age of one year (Squier, 2001, p. 519). This syndrome is frequently the result of a parent or guardian violently shaking the baby in their care usually out of anger, because they are unable to stop them from crying (Bechtel, 2011, p. 481). Reasons for shaking may also have underlying catalysts besides anger, for example, being in a household experiencing financial difficulties or addiction to drugs and alcohol, and these factors can make one more susceptible to feelings of irritation (Matschke, 2009, p. 212). It has also been seen that before the formal identification of the syndrome, Parents in western countries such as England believed that shaking their child was
Perhaps even more unfortunate, however, are the negative effects of cocaine on society. The effects of cocaine on society can be seen in the user’s families, communities, and workplaces. Domestic violence and random acts of violence are often fueled by cocaine or crack cocaine use. Children are often the victims of cocaine or crack cocaine using parents. Children born to cocaine users suffer from the harmful pre-natal exposure to the drug and are often times subjected to parental abuse by their addicted
“ A teratogen is a substance that your exposed to that can have an effect on your unborn child. Some big things that you should stay away from while being pregnant are; Alcohol and cocaine. The reason why you should not drink alcohol while being pregnant is because your unborn baby can be born with deformities in the face, arms, and legs. Also if you drink high amounts of alcohol while being pregnant your unborn child can have a heart condition, develop a learning disability. One of the biggest effects of drinking alcohol; while being pregnant is your child developing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.