Pelzer Child Abuse

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Can you imagine what it would be like if the one person you should always be able to count on to protect you was the one you needed protection from? What about being afraid to go home because you know the mistreatment that awaits you at home? This is the life of an abused child. Now that you have imagined this, I believe you would agree that no one should have to go through this. The book A Child Called It, is a clear representation of why child abuse is a serious issue that needs to be resolved. The book does a great job at portraying an abused child’s life. Dave Pelzer shares the experiences he went through as an abused child to show the severity of this problem. Pelzer showed how a child’s resolve could keep them going when he says “Mother can beat me all she wants, but I haven’t let her take away my will to somehow survive." This is extremely sad but positive at the same time its sad that a child needs to have this type of mentality just to live but, its also incredible that he is able to look adversity in the face and smile back, that in it of itself is an outstanding feat. “You are a nobody! An It!…show more content…
due to child abuse or neglect. Every five hours a child dies in the U.S. because of abuse or neglect, the majority of these children are babies and toddlers. Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of four. It is estimated that approximately 1,520 children died from abuse or neglect in 2013. 81.2% of abusers are someone the child knows; a parent/ caregiver, other relatives, neighbors, friends, and or persons considered family. One out of four girls and one out of six boys in the U.S. have been sexually assaulted before the age of 16. Even though this epidemic seems endless there are solutions, recognize the signs, fear of going home, low academic performance, depression. Child abuse and neglect is a problem we can solve if people take action and speak up (Hernandez and
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