Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson Analysis

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Psychological, emotional or physical mistreatment of a child can result as a threat to the child. This is known as Child Abuse. Parental abuse of children or child-in-child abuses are some examples of child abuse. Even-though this is a very big concern in today’s world, people tend not to care about this. Thus, authors like Dave Pelzer or Laurie Halse Anderson express their view about this through their literature works. Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Speak” and Dave Pelzer’s “A Child Called It” discuss in depth and displays a child’s emotional and physical struggle caused by this issues. I wipe my eyes. They wait with unsure smiles. The snowball grows larger. When I snuck home that night, they weren't in the house. Both cars were gone. I was supposed to have been at Rachel's all night long—they weren't expecting me, that's for sure. I showered until the hot water was gone, then I crawled in bed and did not sleep. Mom pulled in around 2 a.m., Dad just before sunup. They had not been together. What had they been doing? I thought I knew. How can I talk to them about that night? How can I start? Speak, page 72 Having a secret can feel really lonely, especially when it starts to burden you and you cannot tell anybody about it. Melinda being a new starter at the Merryweather High, feels isolated because she was abused physically and emotionally, so she…show more content…
This kind of maltreatment is known as child-in-child abuse. Child-on-child sexual abuse refers to a form of child sexual abuse in which a prepubescent child is sexually abused by one or more other children or adolescent youths, and in which no adult is directly involved. This includes sexual activity between children that occurs without consent, without equality, or as a result of coercion; particularly when physical force, threats, trickery, or emotional manipulation are used to elicit co-operation.

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