Effects Of Child Abuse And Neglect

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Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect Every child has a right to a safe childhood and a life free from violence. The experience of child abuse and neglect infringe upon that right should not be accepted in any civilised societies. The effect of abuse endangers the life of a child in different ways. While the effects of abuse can be severe and long-lasting, children who have been abused or exposed to violence can move on into healthy and productive childhood and adult lives. Children are resilient, and we can have the ability to discuss and guide our children through a recovery process that is crucial to their success. It is often the first step towards healing. In most cases, once their safety is assured, children can overcome the effects of trauma…show more content…
Children who are abused may not be able to express their feelings safely and as a result, may develop difficulties regulating their emotions. As adults, they may continue to struggle with their feelings, which can lead to depression or anxiety. The following are some of possible effects of child abuse and neglect on a child’s mental health: • Anxiety • Depression • Aggression • sex • Academic problems in school-aged children and adolescents • Self-destructiveness • Lack of trust • Drug and alcohol • Difficulty sleeping • Loss of interest The overall impact of abuse also depends on the child’s natural reactions to stress and ways of coping with stressful situations. Other factors can include age at which the trauma occurred, previous exposure to unrelated traumatic incidents and extent of therapy or timing of intervention. Physical…show more content…
The research also suggests that some children who have witnessed domestic violence show no symptoms of psychological distress. Children 's responses may depend on the severity and frequency of the abuse, the availability of family and community support, and the child 's resilience. Once their safety is assured, most children can overcome the effects of trauma through professional counselling or other supportive interventions. THE SOLUTION AND REMEDY TO CHILD ABUSE In dealing with child abuse there should a legal and family solution - punishment for the abuser and all perpetrators this will bring about a reduction of these terrifying and heartless crimes. In order to implement a legal protection that prevent child abuse a law have to be introduce and implemented by the authorities and law enforcing bodies. The process of designing a law that can protect children against sexual abuse and to prosecute the abuser, these laws
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