More enforcement of penalties is needed to protect children from being abused in the United States. Child abuse is usually divided into four major types: Physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional maltreatment. Millions of children each year become victims of abuse. In “1986, there were 2.2 million reports of physical or sexual, or neglect, which was more than triple that of a decade earlier (Steitfeld E5).” The Health and Human Services Department found that
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guy from an alcoholic, abusive family—kind of a lost child. Nothing ever worked out for him…so he turns to his 10—year—old daughter just wanting to be loved and touched (Churchman D5).”
Child abuse is a major problem here in the United States that needs to be addresses. The sooner that this happens, the sooner children will be able to act like children and have fun, not living in fear of their abusers.