Essay about Child Abuse Is A Big Problem

1846 Words Mar 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Child abuse is a big problem we face in our society. There are many type of abuse. Some forms are easy to detect by physical markings. Yet, other forms are very hard to identify because there may not be any markings or bruising out in the open. The physical markings are hidden in places where a teacher, parent, and friends won’t see. Sexual abuse is defined by the APA as “unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. Most victims and perpetrators know each other. Immediate reactions to sexual abuse include shock, fear or disbelief” (American Psychological Assoication, 2016). Sexual abuse is prevalent all over the world. In the United States, 1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 8 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse. In Oregon, 8.7% of all abuse cases are sexual abuse (Oregon Department of Human Services, 2012). Those are numbers that are too big. Unfortunately, those numbers may actually be bigger. Many cases of sexual abuse are not reported for many different reasons. One example may have to do with “grooming”. Grooming in a sexual abuse relationship gives the perpetrator power. That power is used to make threats and control the victim from reporting the abuse. Children may feel shame or blame. That shame and/or blame may be enough to hold a child back from reporting the abuse. The perpetrators power is can be so strong because usually the child and family knows the abuser. About 45% of children…

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