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Senior Project: Child Abuse

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Senior Project:
Child Sexual Abuse
Karina Paredes
Josline Portillo
Jennefer Vargas
What is Child Abuse?
Types of Abuse:
Causes and Effects:
Signs and Preventions:
About The Abuser:
Our Christian Service:
Child Sexual Abuse
In Federal Law, child abuse is defined as a failure to act as a caretaker for a child that can lead to his or her death, serious physical or emotional harm, and sexual abuse.
Emotional Abuse
are verbal insults and threats that can damage a child's mental health and development.

Physical Abuse
is an act of violence that leaves a child in severe injuries and pain.

Sexual Abuse
is unwanted sexual activity by using force, threats, or taking advantage of the victim.
Several factors cause people to become abusive when they reach a breaking point.

Some factors include:
mental illness
history of child abuse in family
use of substances (Alcohol/Drugs)
If a child lives in a house where violence is constantly occurring,he or she is at a higher risk of being abused.
Child abuse can leave life-long effects. It hurts the child both physically and emotionally.
Some effects are:
lack of trust
feeling of being worthless
loses interest in academic studies
An abuser always has multiple personalities so it becomes nearly impossible to be able to identify someone as an abuser. With others, an abuser may seem very caring and giving but alone, he or she can turn into a person that is very intimidating.
Someone who victimizes children use these double personalities as a way to disguise their acts. They feel that their victims should not be treated in a humane way.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 9.2% of children were abused in 2010.
-20% girls and 5% boys were victimized as children.

The National Institute of Justice (2003) discovered that 75% of children have been sexually assaulted by someone they know well.

Children between the ages of 7-13 are the most vulnerable, which means they are at a higher risk of becoming victims.
Throughout our Christian service opportunities, the ESLRs at Bishop Conaty taught us how to become faith-filled Catholics by extending Christ's work through our service. It helped us develop many important characteristics, such as, becoming a well rounded person, and learning how to be an effective communicator.
• Be a nurturing parent.

• Get involved in your child’s life.

• Monitor your child’s media intake.

• Promote Programs in school.

• Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program.

• A child who is feeling guilty, ashamed, or confused.

• Not interacting with their peers

• Depressed

• Rebellious

• Discomfort towards a certain individual.

• Changes in behavior.

Moffatt, Gregory K. Wounded Innocents and Fallen Angels: Child Abuse and Child Aggression. Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 2003. Print.

Rowan, Edward L. Understanding Child Sexual Abuse. Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2006. Print.

Bass, Ellen and Laura Davis. Beginning To Heal. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. Print.

Child Sexual Abuse” American Academy Of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. March 2011. http://www.aacap.org.html

“Understanding Child Sexual Abuse” American Psychological Association. 2013. http://www.apa.org.html

“Child Sexual Abuse” American Humane Association. 2013. http://www.americanhumane.org.html

“Sexual Child Abuse” Victims of Crime, 2012.

“Child Abuse &Neglect” Helpguide,2013.

“Types of abuse” love is respect, 2007-2013.

Our Christian service helped us become more aware of this issue and taught us very valuable lessons. We showed children how to become leaders, and gave them a sense of hope by constantly reminding them that they can achieve anything and can overcome any obstacle they face in life. Our service gave us an opportunity to be role models for these children and teach them skills and valuable lessons that are useful in their future.
During the time we worked on this project, it made us reflect on how big this issue is and how it can impact a person's life. Working on this project not only taught us the cause and effects of child abuse but it also gave us an overall view of what it would be like to go through and experience abuse. While working on our senior project, we learned and became more interested in this topic. We would like to help prevent child abuse and find ways to support the issue so that people become more aware of the cause.
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