As I watched the documentary “Road Beyond Abuse,” I experienced a whirlwind of emotions. From disgusted and disappointed to impressed and joyful, I felt it all. It truly disturbed me to hear about the experiences both Michael McCain and Johnnetta McSwain endured. I was disgusted that no one protected these innocent children from being verbally abused, beaten, raped, and left to fend for themselves. It was shocking to hear that these children withstood this amount of abuse from their family members until they were teenagers. Unfortunately, I was not surprised that Johnnetta and her sister Sonya fell into prostitution as well as substance abuse because living on the streets was to be expected due to their upbringing. In Michael’s case, it was heart wrenching to see him falsely confess to abusing his sister solely because he was overwhelmed by the fear of his father. Although he had been separated from his parents for some time, it was upsetting to imagine the kind of differing emotions, both angry and devastated, Michael experienced after finding out of his father’s murder and suicide. Although the stories of their childhood gave me similar feelings to what I have when I hear of any abuse, it was a breath of fresh air to hear of the successes of two victims. I was taken aback …show more content…
She succumbed to drugs and prostitution at a young age. Although it was unclear as to if Sonya was currently drug-free in the documentary, it was evident that she still carried emotional distress from her past. Besides the obvious differences in success between the sisters, Sonya definitely depicted resentment and heartache at her situation whereas Johnnetta was smiling through the interview. A key factor of Sonya’s failure was the belief that she was not worthy of anything better. By holding onto the anger from her harrowing childhood, she undoubtedly lacked the self-confidence and will to change her
The novel Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill is narrated by Baby -- the 12 year old protagonist and daughter of a single father and heroin addict, Jules. Baby never knew her mother and is unaware that she has any other family. They live in various shabby hotels in Montreal’s red light district. This paper is an exploration of the pathway effects caused by lack of familial support and how Jules addiction created a milieu that leads to Baby being ostracised by society.
”(www.hrw.org) Consequently, when evaluating the evidence that is present it is safe to say, that despite all of the efforts that are put forth every day to protect our youth, some people still have the potential to prey on those whom cannot defend themselves. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 has afforded the public with ammunition to fire back at those who prey on the vulnerable. Therefore, the foundation has been laid, for the public to build upon and grow with the knowledge that we are able to obtain to keep our children safe. Furthermore, we cannot solely rely on law enforcement, and others to keep our children safe we have to be proactive within the
Henrietta was a caring mother to her children and they relied on her. When she left their lives, an empty space resided in the household and led to the children experiencing traumatic times, primarily abuse. Joe and Deborah, Henrietta’s children, were the major victims of the abuse. Joe suffered physical abuse and Deborah suffered sexual abuse. These traumatizing moments led to the children becoming numb to the pain and fearful of telling anyone.
After watching the video I felt very emotional and inspired by Susan’s work and passion about helping and serving women who were released from prison. I discovered how easy it is for people who have been released from prison to return to prison due to the lack of support and resources some people are able to receive. The fact the people who have drug or narcotic felonies are not able to receive food stamps or low-income housing stood out to me. This stood out because this rule is one factor of how people who have previously been incarcerated return back to prison. It surprised me how much a family member incarcerated effects a family and the impact it has on relationships.
Ralph Fynn’s terrible childhood will leave him forever scarred, but he hopes that his actions will give others the power and strength to do so for themselves. His taking the stand is no ordinary trial, and it will hopefully lead to big changes in California, and the rest of the nation. I hope Ralph Fynn will be able to see his abusers receive the justice they deserve, and this will give him a sense of closure and wholeness, and help heal the wound that his abuse left him. This trial is very important and will have significant effects on our society. As tragic as this event may be, it may be worth it to see the perspective on abuse change during my lifetime, and these acts of cruelty begin to
1. Context an Importance of the Social Problem that Underlies the Policy: A) Every year millions of children suffer from child abuse and maltreatment. Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Maltreatment 2013 (2015) report shows that in 2013, there were approximately 3.9 million reports of child abuse made in the United States. Of those reported, 678,932 were deemed victims of child abuse and neglect (child maltreatment 2015). Of the four common types of abuse, i.e., physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect, “the greatest percentages of children suffered from neglect (79.5%) and physical abuse (18.0%).”
On September 21st, I attended an event featuring guest activist and author Susan Burton. The event started at 2:00pm as the room overflowed with people eager to hear Susan 's voice. There were people occupying every space of the rather small Whitsett room. Ms. Burton first talked about the traumas she suffered as a child and later, as an adult. Susan 's son was tragically ran over and killed by a police officer, which led to alcohol and drug abuse and her eventual incarceration.
The incidence of child abuse and neglect has increased dramatically in the past 25 years; the statistics have risen over 130% since 1980 with 1993 being the first year since 1972 in which the number was less than the previous year. Throughout the years child abuse has had a greater impact on the United States and more thorough research has been brought out. The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations, losing more than four children on average every day to child abuse and neglect.(cite source) Among the many forms of child abuse are emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Physical abuse has statistically been in the lead since the 1980’s at 45%, while emotional abuse has been at 22% and sexual abuse has been at
”Most people love to read books that they can relate with. If a student is being abused and reads a book about abuse they know that they are not alone. “To provide materials which reflect the ideas and beliefs of religious, social, political, historical, and ethnic groups and their contribution to the American and world heritage and culture, thereby enabling students to develop an intellectual integrity in forming judgement”(Spring Lake Public Schools July 21, 1997). This shows that students at Spring Lake have the opportunity to read about both sides of the issue and form an opinion
According to The Child Welfare Outcomes Reports made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011 there were approximately 742,000 cases of confirmed child maltreatment. The national child victim rate was 9.9 child victims per 1,000 children in the population. This rate decreased from 10.3 child victims per 1,000 children in the population in 2008 to the most resent 9.9 rate in 2011. The state rate varies ranging from 1.2 child victims per 1,000 children to 24.0 child victims per 1,000 children. Even though the rate has decreased some of these instances are not reported until something major occurs like in Brianna’s
The subject of child abuse made headlines in America again in the year 1962, when an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association described the symptoms of child abuse and considered child abuse to be diagnosed medically. Due to the heavy press and media coverage around this one particular article, inside 10 years each state had statutes known as "obligatory reporting”. Compulsory reporting laws require certain experts, for example, specialists, and educators, to report speculated children mishandle to the state, child defensive administrations office or other appropriate powers. CAPTA was marked into government law. This further supported endeavor to end child mishandle by financing programs that help people perceive and report child abuse and to give shelter and numerous different administrations to ensure
Each year in America alone, an estimate of two million children, ranging from infants to teenagers go through minor or major kinds of abuse which include neglect, physical, emotional, and sexual maltreatment. According to the National American Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, neglect represented 54% of confirmed cases of child abuse, physical abuse represented 22%, sexual abuse represented 8%, emotional maltreatment represented 4%, and other forms of maltreatment represented12%. It also indicates that child abuse is far more common in single-parent families than in families where both parents are
Informative Speech Outline: Child Abuse Purpose At the end of my presentation, the audience will be able to explain what child abuse is, the three most common types of child abuse and list the impacts that child abuse has on the victim. Introduction Remember when you were a child, and try to remember what your biggest fear was. The one fear that made your heart beat so fast you can almost burst out of your own chest.