Essay about Child Abuse And Its Effects On Society

1628 Words Nov 17th, 2014 7 Pages
Child abuse is looked down upon in our society. There are various forms of child abuse; however the most prominent form has been sexual child abuse. According to Finkelhor (1994) child sexual abuse requires two elements: the first is that sexual activities involving a child have to occur, and second, an abusive condition such as coercion or a large age gap between the participants, indicating lack of consensuality has to occur (p. 32). Since child sexual abuse is something that deviates away from the norm in most societies, it becomes labeled as a hidden offense, indicating less statistics and reports being made. This suggests that statistics are being found in the cases that have been disclosed to child protective services or to law enforcements.
In addition to unreported issues within society, eating disorders often receive less attention being aimed towards it. An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. There are three major types’ of eating disorders that one can develop. These include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating and as indicated they disturb one’s body. Eating disorders can be developed from various factors including abuse, racism, or from the stress of acculturation (Thompson, 1994, p. 2), but there is this common theme that it starts from some type of trauma in someone’s life. As one thinks about child sexual abuse they tend to overlook the…

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