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When
looking at the news now and days, what is constantly seen? Hatred, violence,
loss in lives, tragedy and etc. I don’t think there has been a day without
hearing tragic loss happening somewhere. But what is usually associated with
these disasters? Usually it’s the search for someone to blame, victim blaming.

Whenever something tragic happens, people, especially media, are quick to “try”
to find what was the cause of the event. Then they try to justify the act by
simply blaming mental illness and/or traumatic experience in the past. When
looking at people who are spouse abusers, have domestic violence within
relationships, and act upon molestation and rape, it is easy for media to blame
these actions on past experiences because they (abusers), themselves were
abused at a young age. It is easy to simply blame their actions on their “past”
but nothing is being done to decrease their chance of being potential abusers
in the future. If the correct help was provided to the troubled kids after such
experiences, their chance of being abusers would and could be contained to a
smaller portion of the population.

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“Adult
retrospective studies show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually
abused before the age of 18,… This means there are more than 42 million adult
survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S” (Child Sexual Abuse, 2016). Many
accusers do have a specific link to how they were treated when they were
younger, but that is not the case for everyone. In a study done to identify the
percentage of females and males falling victims to abuse, 46% of men and 67% of
females abused as children, fell for adult domestic violence, and 22% of men
and 62% of females fell into adulthood sexual violence (Anderson, 2016). Because
there are many situations in which are extreme, not a lot of these cases are reported
or talked about.  Not every person who
was a victim would become an abuser such as not every adult that was victimized
would be victimized in the future. Help is not provided for every person and
for every case and I believe that is where situations get worse.

When
a person is liberated from such a toxic relationship, that person would not
know how they should be treated or act towards others since psychologically
they were broken down and tormented, now imagine how a child would react when
they lived in this kind of environment and know no other way of being treated.  This is when it is the most critical for
children to receive help. “Child maltreatment is associated with adverse health
and mental health outcomes in children and families, and those negative effects
can last a lifetime” (Child Welfare…). Since damage was done to these kids at
such an early age, not being treated could lead to a spiral act of delinquencies
since the child does not know how to act differently. A child who was abused is
at the most critical point in their lives since that moment is what determines
how they could potentially end as in the future.

There
is a difference in neglect and abuse, when I thought they were the same thing.

Abuse (maltreatment) is the physical and mental mistreatment
towards a person and neglect is the inability to provide a child with the
proper resources needed to strive (Definition of Child abuse and neglect, 2010).

In an article named, Childhood Sexual Abuse and its criminal consequences,
the main focus was to find out if children who were victims of sexual abuse
were prone to commit sexual crimes in the future than other delinquents. Based
on the reports found, it was found that kids that were sexually abuse would run
away, become delinquents and commit other sexual crimes as adults (Widom,
1996).

The
factor of outbreak that a child who was abused sexually tends to show is during
the juvenile stage. I believe that this is the stage in a child’s life where outbreaks
and tantrums would be more noticeable since they are dealing the most troubling
phase in their childhood, puberty. Kids are dealing with hormones changing and
the way their bodies are reacting so it can be pretty uncomfortable. A child
who was abused would experience the same thing but the way the react towards it
could be different due to the situation they were in as children. “Pennsylvania
State University investigators discovered young girls who are exposed to sexual
abuse are likely to physically mature and hit puberty earlier than non-abused
peers” (Nauert, 2017).

Males
and females differ from each other in the aspect of child abuse even though
both genders are equally targeted. In the article Gender Differences, it
talks about the connection between childhood sexual abuse and crimes as an adolescent.

What was so important about this article was on how it identified the different
variety of crimes there were depending on the differences of their gender. It
was found that female delinquents were often victims of sexual and physical
abuse than males and they also had a history of maltreatment than men (Asscher,
2015). This article sounds like it only targets women, but that’s not the case,
they do encounter these same experiences just as women but they are less likely
to make claims out of embarrassment.

Through
research, it is evident how male juvenile offenders were more likely to commit
more sexual offences such as rape and molestation as well as other felonies,
and women were found of committing more misdemeanors (Asscher, 2015). Although
this article is showing just how differently the genders are affects because of
their abusive pasts, it is putting into perspective just how much pain and
damage a victim is left with. It speaks on how childhood abuse could lead a
child to a dark future of committing crimes related to those they fell victims
to.

There
are many services that are available to children and parents of children who
have been abused. Seeking out for help may seem like a hard thing to do and maybe
even impossible but there are services provided to help the child move on and
accept the fact that what was done was wrong but it was not their fault and that
there is light and happiness for what they endured for a while. When a parent
or a guardian finds out what was done to a child, the immediate response is to
want to tear that person apart and while that feeling maybe the answer to the
parents or guardians feeling of despair, it does not comfort the child who has
experienced the situation. It is important they have the child’s feelings a
main priority and let legal action be taken for the abuser. “Children are
resilient by nature and have the potential to heal and recover if offered help and
support in a timely fashion” (Stop It Now).

To sum up, just
because someone was completely taken advantage of or has been a victim of child
abuse, that does not mean that they will automatically become abusers
themselves or lead a path of delinquencies in the future. Although many facts
do have the upper hand on that majority of people who encounter child abuse do
end up in juvenile detention or jail, this could be because of the lack of help
that is being given to the kids. I believe that the only way these numbers
could decrease would be with the willingness of seeking for help and for help
to be more accessible. Therapy could be provided for cases which are extreme
and it is also beneficial when the victim has a support group with them. When someone
is supported, it becomes easier to accept help and let the process of moving
forward. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where we wouldn’t have to live
in fear? I know it’s a longshot but shouldn’t we start by providing the help
needed to those who are desperate for help, especially the most vulnerable like
the children, who will be the future of this world.

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