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Child Abuse

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Josie Pan

on 6 November 2013

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Child Abuse
What is Child Abuse?
Any intentional behaviour by parents or other adults that physically or emotionally harm a child.
Examples: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, verbal abuse, witnessing family violence
Child abuse leaves not only physical, but psychological scars on its victims.
We chose this topic because it is important, very relevant and much more common than we may think.
By: Vaneesa and Josie
Child Abuse Rates in Australia:
In 2012, 48480 reports of child abuse were made, regarding a total 37781 children
Total number of verified cases of child abuse have almost doubled since 2011
Child abuse is a very real problem. Sometimes we think it's just something we hear about on the news, but what if it was happening right in your neighbourhood?
Possible Characteristics of a child abuser:

Excessively jealous
Low self esteem and confidence
Needs control
Believes in male domination and superiority
Emotionally needy
Poor communication skills
Anger issues
substance abuse
What leads to child abuse?
Blame others
History of violence
Abused in the past
Loss of control in their lives
Witness to violence
'Set' way of thinking
Teen Pregnancy
Effects of abuse:
Child abuse can have severe impacts that last much longer than the abuse period. In some cases it can effect the children for most of their life.
Consequences include:
learning and developmental problems
mental disorders
substance abuse
violence and criminal activity (including abuse).
Child abuse doesn’t just impact the victim. In a lot of cases it can also effects the community.

When a report of abuse is made, money usually has to be taken out of the community to support the family’s recovery and rehabilitation. Child abuse can also effect the community personally – the families may have poor relationships and interactions with others.
Child abuse is an upsetting concern. Unfortunately it is impossible to completely wipe it out. However, certain steps can be taken in order to reduce the harms caused by child abuse.
1. Educate communities about child abuse and its effects
2. Teach children about abuse - including prevention skills to protect them from abuse
3. Raise awareness about child abuse - fundraisers, campaigns etc.
4. Services within the community to provide aid for families and children already affected by abuse.
CAPS - Child Abuse Prevention Services
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
Child Protection Helpline on 132 111
1. Do you think the strategies you researched will decrease the problem of abuse in our society?
• Yes I believe the strategies we researched will decrease the problem of abuse in our society because the strategies we chose aim to help both the victim (the child) and the abuser through educating programs and services. By raising awareness campaigns, people will know how and where to report abuse as well. If parents and families are educated about this problem, there will be better communication amongst the family and therefore reducing harm to the child.
2. What are your feelings towards people who commit crimes involving abuse?
Personally, I hate hearing stories about abuse so I have strong negative feelings towards criminals who have abused people - not just children. I don't think it's right for anyone to be treated in such a negative way.
3. What do you think the punishment should be for people who commit crimes involving abuse?
• I think the punishment for people who commit crime involving abuse should be imprisonment because it is wrong to hurt other people. People who abuse others should be separated from society so that they won't hurt any other people and only be let back into society if or until they have recovered and not have the need to hurt others anymore.
4. How did you feel working on this presentation? Any concluding statements?
This was a very eye opening and hard hitting topic to explore. It emphasised not just how bad child abuse is, but also how common it is. It's saddening to know how so many children have and still are going through this situation and if you know anyone going through any sort of abuse, we urge you to tell someone about it - you could be saving a life.
*All graphs and statistics have been taken from Child Protection Australia 2011-2012 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2013).
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