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A Child Called "It"

The touching story of a child's case of abuse.
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Ashton Kowalski

on 3 September 2012

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Transcript of A Child Called "It"

By: Dave Pelzer A Child Called "It" Characters David-The young boy getting abused, aged 4-12 during his journey through the book. Dave is very brave and smart, he is the main character. He is the oldest of four
and is the only one who does get abused. Mother-Abuses David, she is an alcoholic who used her son as a punching bag. Whenever there was a fight between her and David's father, a firefighter who was hardly ever home, and ended up leaving
them, she would turn to David. Even if nothing was wrong she would still turn to David. The setting is 1973-1981, Daly City, California.
Mostly Dave would be at home getting abused.
There are parts in the book where Dave would be at school or on the bus. Setting I learned a lot from this book, such as I
should appreciate my mom and dad more
and how good I have it compared to Dave's
life. I also learned that if things are bad to
stay strong and stick up for yourself, and
you will have a good outcome. I realized this
from Dave's life, considering that he was
abused and then skipped from one foster
home to the next, and then ended up in the
military when he turned 18. Theme Symbolism David symbolizes any children who have been victims of domestic violence. He symbolizes strength and courage. He teaches others not to give up when things get tough, and success can still be accomplished if you are optimistic and determined. Connections This books connects to many children around the world who are getting abused right now. They can relate to how David felt and what he went through. Hopefully all of the other victims will read this book and realize that they are not alone and can be just as strong and brave as David.

David's story reminds me of a movie I once watched called "The Glass House". It was about a teenage girl and her little brother who lost their parents in a car accident. They went into foster care and ended up with an abusive couple. They were sincere in the beginning, but turned out to be crazy! They just wanted the girl's little brother because they had lost their son. As soon as the girl started to figure out that they were weird, they started to do things such as putting her in the basement with a cot to sleep on, just like David had to sleep on a cot in the garage. They did other things such as make the girl do the dishes after the mother purposely broke glass in the sink. This mother took her misery out on these children just how David's mother took her misery out on him. ·A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
·More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse.
·Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
·More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
·Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
·About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
·About 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder. Facts My opinion is that one should not have children if they're going to take their problems out on them. Stiffer punishments should be enforced on those who abuse their children. My Opinion Dave Pelzer's purpose of writing this book was to share his story and educate others who get abused. He wanted to teach that one should stay strong and stick up for yourself in a situation like his. Dave's message was to never give up! Authors Purpose Exposition- Daly City, California, 1973-1981
David Pelzer is a young boy getting abused
at home by his mother. Rising Action-David's mother and father are starting to have problems, Dave's mother is
drinking to solve the problem, she will also
make him do dishes to eat or punish him for
no reason. Climax-David's mother is making him play "games", as she would call them, games
such as putting a mix of toxins together,
pouring it all over the floor in the bathroom, and then forcing her own son to stay in there with no air. Also forcing him to put his hand on the stove and turning it onto high and telling him he has to keep his hand on there for five minutes or she'll kill him. At this time she would drink more than ever. Falling action-The authorities at the school were starting to notice all of the cuts and bruises on David, they had the school nurse examine him and she noticed a stab wound. They asked David how he got it and he would not say anything, so they called his mother down to the school. They realized the mother was abusing him. Resolution-The school contacted social services and they asked the mother questions, they took David away and her other sons also. David and his brothers ended up in foster care, and when David turned 18 he joined the military.
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