By Kenyonna Killingsworth, Graphics and Design Editor
Child abuse is not something you see every day; is not something you hear every day. There are no clear statistics, but there are surveys. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there were 900,000 abuse reports to state agencies. The survey did not examine the rate of abuse. Child abuse is happening all over the world. It can happen at home, school or child care facilities. Often times, parents don’t even know if their children are being abused away from home.
“Abuse is a cycle that happens generation to generation,” William Evans, School Psychologist, said. “Abuse is something that happened to them which causes them to beat on their kids.”
Child abuse happens when the parents are drunk and high or they need someone to take all their problems out on. There are some cases where parents who have no jobs and are living in poverty will abuse their loved ones.
“It’s the worst thing that anyone can do to a child,” Mrs. Patricia Kelly, Database Specialist, said. “That is also bad parenting.”
When someone abuses a child, they don’t know why they’re hitting the child. The child may feel as if they are to blame for what’s happening to them. Some feel scared, so they don’t report it.
“If a child is being abused in any type of way, they have to report it and so do teachers. If they don’t, there are consequences that can happen to them,” Ms. Henrietta Montgomery, Dean of Students, said.
Child abuse is a crime that happens every day of the year. Many people don’t say anything because they think it’s none of their business. However, we all know what’s right and wrong, and we should all take action and tell someone.