Treating the Pain

Mar 29, 2009

    Herbert Ward once said, "Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime." The trauma caused in a child's lifetime, due to the effects of child abuse, can be extremely detrimental. There's no way of predicting how a child is going to react later in life, or even in the present due to the type of things that happen to them in the stages of childhood.  Child abuse is one of the WORST things you can do to a kid. It can start at birth, and develop as the person grows older. Even adults can get it from their parents-not exactly "child" abuse, but the continuation of it. Some people have weird definitions of the term child abuse. Some consider putting a child in time-out, to be abuse. Others don't consider it unless the kid is bleeding. The federal law defines it as:

  • Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or
  • An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm."

The State defines it as"

  • Physical (e.g., failure to provide necessary food or shelter, or lack of appropriate supervision)
  • Medical (e.g., failure to provide necessary medical or mental health treatment)
  • Educational (e.g., failure to educate a child or attend to special education needs)
  • Emotional (e.g., inattention to a child's emotional needs, failure to provide psychological care, or permitting the child to use alcohol or other drugs)"


    There are several, stupid, reasons as to why children get abused. And there are several, sometimes helpful treatments to what a child goes through. The most common treatment for child abuse, is of course, therapy. There are many different types of therapists, and even some who specialize in the different forms of abuse. Marlene Beeson, a director of Heart-to-Heart (an art therapy location), says, "Children may resist a verbal approach to therapy. One of the reasons for this is  that small children simply may not have the language skills to tell what happened to them. Older children may distrust verbal communication because their abuser probably lied to them and threatened them. To add to this insult, other adults may not believe them.” (
    Each form of abuse probably requires some type of therapy. Sexual, and physical abuse requires medical attention immediately after the ordeal. Emotional abuse requires love. All forms of abuse require time to heal, and hopefully get pass a traumatizing event. It's horrible to think that an average of nearly four children die every day as a result of child abuse or neglect (1,400 in 2002). (