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Child abuse; a global problem, solvable by better parenting

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Child abuse, often considered to be centered in less developed and developing countries are a global phenomenon. According to a World Health Organizations Report published in 2017, up to 1 billion minors between the ages of 2 and 17 years of age have endured violence either physical, emotional, or sexual.

In the United States, more than 4 children die from child abuse and neglect on a daily basis. Over 70% of these children are below the age of 3. Boys (48.5%) and girls (51.2%) become victims at nearly the same rate. 2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States.

These figures are not only startling but also reflect the fact that Child abuse is truly a global phenomenon, one which is even prevalent in a developed country like the US.

The issue of Child Abuse raises concerns for all and sundry. The future of any society depends on how its young ones are treated. Someone who has faced abuse during childhood will inevitably grow to be an abusive adult. This is a psychological fact.

Another fact that has to be borne in mind is that generally speaking children are taught to be submissive and follow orders. The relationship between children and elders or adults is not based on mutual trust and affection but suppressive and forceful obedience. Children are rarely taught how to communicate certain feelings and vibes. It is important that parents and adults alike create an open expressive channel of communication with their children. Without the parents taking responsibility of giving confidence to children, child abuse will continue to take place.

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