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People Around the World Wearing Blue to Support Child Abuse Prevention

by Liam Rousselle

Today, April 7th, people around the United States are wearing blue in support of child abuse prevention. This is a case that everyone can, and should get behind. Every single person on this Earth was once a child. Some look back fondly on it, and others are haunted by the nightmares their childhood caused them.

“A lot of parents do it because their kids don’t live up to their expectations,” said sophomore Shayna Maleson. Junior Roshni Patel added, “They’re channeling their anger. All the anger they have is moved along.” Child abuse, also called child maltreatment, is a problem all across the world. According to the World Health Organization, child maltreatment has five subtypes. These five are physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, and exploitation.

Physical abuse would include hitting or abusing the child in a way that causes physical harm. Sexual abuse is a form of child abuse in which someone abuses a child for sexual stimulation. Neglect is when someone with responsibility over the child fails to provide food, shelter, medical care, clothing, and also fails to supervise the child. Psychological abuse and emotional abuse can be categorized as subjecting or exposing the child to experiences and/or behaviors that cause trauma. The only difference being that emotional abuse focuses mainly on emotions and exploiting the weaknesses in emotional connections.

Despite the general consensus that child maltreatment is abhorrent, a quarter of all adults today report having been physically abused as children. [1]One in every thirteen male adults report being sexually abused as a child, and a staggering one in five female adults report the same. [1]

Child abuse has been proven to cause unnecessary stress that can in turn drive children to depression, smoking, obesity, high-risk sexual behavior, and alcohol and drug abuse. [1] These behaviors carry on into adulthood, ruining their chances to succeed.

“Personal insecurity and mental instability can drive people to abuse kids,” said junior Parker Montour. “It’s disgusting. These kids look up to these adults, and they’re getting hurt for something that they aren’t even the cause of.” Children all over the world suffer for reasons they can’t even comprehend. If you suspect a child is being abused, and it is not an emergency, please call 1-800-422-4453. If it is an emergency, do not hesitate to call emergency services.