Imagine being afraid to go home at night, say the wrong words to your parents, or not having any food to eat. Child abuse is a major factor in today’s youth, and most go without ever being reported. This could range from neglect, physical/emotional abuse, or even sexual. Most times the child feels alone, like no one cares to help, or afraid of telling someone due to the embarrassment they might receive. Honestly, these children have only one main source of help, and that’s more.
Neglect is one of the most common forms of abuse, and can be a variety of different factors. These range from not having enough food at home, proper shelter, clothing, and poor hygiene. Often neglect is associated with poverty or substance abuse by the child’s parent or guardian. A student that misses school frequently and stays to themselves, is a first warning sign of neglect or other issues in the home. A teacher or mentor should be aware of these changes, and take the proper steps to stop or prevent further issues.
Physical abuse is another problem involving children, it’s an aggression toward the child from the parent. Sometimes the parent gets angry in their punishment, or it’s just out of an act of frustration. You can identify abuse through bruises, burns, lacerations, and these can be repeated if the child does not get help. A mentor should approach with caution when dealing with this type of abuse, because the child may be hesitant to say anything fearing further consequences. Ask simple questions, try to get the child to be comfortable around you, and let your advisor know what you have witnessed, so they can take action on a broader scale.
One of the worst things that could happen to a child is sexual abuse, in fact 10 percent of all cases reported are sexual related. This could be anything from pressure of sexual acts, favors, or performing sexual acts with the child. A child should never have to endure this kind of suffering, in fact most of the time they...