There are around 7 billion people living on earth and every single person is different. They have different likes, dislikes, emotions, memories and experiences. However for some people their memories and past experiences are parts of their lives that they wished they could forget. Many of these children were affected by abuse. Many children grow up in safe and happy environments where both parents love them, they have food on their table, and a roof over their head. They are able to look back on their memoires and remember all of the fun they had and how good their life was. They will be able to have a childhood that positively affected them. However, some children are not as fortunate and they grow up in a home where they lack a safe and healthy environment. Child abuse is a flagrant problem in the United States that affects many children and leaves an impact on them throughout the rest of their life. Day by day the safety of children are threatened by child abuse and neglect. Each form of child abuse has its different characteristics
Child abuse is a very serious problem in the world today, some may even say it’s a global problem in the United States today. Child abuse is an issue that reoccurs around the world to innocent young children. My client Mr. Jones could relate to an issue as such being that he was sexually abused at the age of 7 years old, according to retrospective studies one in ten men report that they were victims of sexual abuse during their childhood(Child sexual abuse victims as witness)” he stated that being sexually abused as a child was tough” when asked why he also stated “when I think about all the things I’ve been through as a child I get depressed all over again and I don’t want to talk” “in recent studies sexually abused children are more likely to experience internalizing (depression, anxiety, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder)and externalizing behavior (sexualized behavior, oppositional behavior, conduct problems) compared to non-victims” (Berliner,2011; Paolucci,genius,&Violato,2011).
Mr. Jones expressed in one of our recent interviews that as a child he had gotten taken away from his biological mother due to being exposed to drugs. He also expressed that his mother was sexually abused at the age of 9 years old “quantative data suggests that mothers with a history of child sexual abuse endorse negative feelings about themselves as parents, low perceived confidence in parenting, and decreased feelings of control and satisfaction in the parenting role (Banyard, 1997)” Mr. jones states that he felt like his mother felt like she wasn’t a great mother so she turned to drugs as a coping method which later was the cause of her death. Today’s society often assumes that children are a product of their parenting. This is true to a degree but often they are a product of their environment. We’ve heard the old saying, ‘the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree” and most of us were told, “what happens in our home, stays in our home”. This type of attitude has raised generations of hurting children into hurting adults. The topic of sexual molestation and abuse of children was something that, years ago, was never discussed. Sexual abuse occurred but wasn’t admitted, talked about, or dealt with.
As a child my client Mr. Jones has expressed the fact that as a child he was continuously moving from house to house, never in a stable home environment. Being that his mom passed away during his early years of age and his father was incarcerated it caused a lot of family dysfunction Mr. jones states that “ family members are supposed to be there for you in your time of need , and mine weren’t” according to an article called profiles of adverse childhood experiences and impulsivity ”exposure to adverse childhood experiences such as child maltreatment and family dysfunction (ex. Domestic violence , incarcerated family members) is highly prevalent and has major conseq