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Child abuse is too common in America

March 20, 2014
James F Byrnes Freshman Academy



Everywhere around us kids are being abused every day, and we may never know it.

They are being abused because of financial problems, race, ethnicity, and religious faith. Children are beaten every day because of who they are and how they were born.

There are 4 major types of child abuse:  physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect (which is the failure to provide a minimum standard of care for a child’s physical and emotional needs.)

Child abuse usually increases in violence the longer it goes on.

An example of real- life child abuse case is something that happened to little Kilah Davenport in Monroe on February 26, 2014.

The Charlotte Observer said, “Joshua Houser, 24, is charged with abusing his stepdaughter Kilah Davenport so badly that she nearly died during the May 2012 incident in their Indian Trail home. She was 3 at the time. Her skull was fractured, and 90 percent of her brain was damaged.”

They went on to say that, “Prosecutors allege that he picked up the girl, after she had soiled herself, and smashed her head into a sheetrock wall ‘like a battering ram.’ She nearly died and remains severely impaired.”

But this issue is not limited to other states.  It is here in South Carolina, in district five.

Mrs. Woodruff, the Attendance Supervisor at BFA, said that if she ever came across a case of abuse she would, “As a mandated reporter, or anyone who works at a school, I am charged with having to report cases of neglect and abuse to the DSS.  Since frequently I go into the homes, I seen over the years cases of neglect and abuse.”

Dr. Miles, English and Journalism teacher at BFA, said she has had occasions when she has had to call DSS to report a child’s being abused. She also said that even a student comes to her confidentially she has to report it for the child’s safety , even if there  were lying or being truthful with her.


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