Reasons behind child abuse

Child abuse/ neglect is a crime that often times goes unpunished since it is hard to determine whether a child has been abused or not because most children wouldn’t come out and say it either due to a sense of shame, fear of the parent or a fear of ones own peers. As such its victims often carry this unnoticed stigma with them well into adulthood without it ever being addressed emotionally or psychology (Saltsman 1985).

It has been theorized that individuals in such cases are more likely to become child abusers themselves emulating the pattern of behavior they were taught as children. This paper seeks to examine the cause behind child abuse/neglect and see if in all cases it leads to the abused becoming an eventual abuser. Reasons behind child abuse/ neglect

Child abuse/ neglect can stem from numerous factors either the parent/ parents themselves were not ready for a child and the child is abused/ neglected in the emotional turmoil that follows, a lack of finances to properly support a family usually leads individuals to take out their frustrations on the nearest object which causes their frustration or the parent/ parents have certain psychological problems in the form which manifest into a form of pedophilia resulting in the sexual assault of a minor (Itzin 2001).

In all of these cases it is very rare for the abused children to speak out and complain about what is happening because they themselves don’t grasp the full notion of it. Being impressionable they would at times think of it as normal behavior, as either their fault or as a shameful act that they should not tell anybody out of fear. When such a situation occurs these individuals bear the trauma of what happened to them well into their adult lives which ends up influencing their way of thinking.

With such people there is a potential that they themselves might emulate the actions they were exposed to as children either thinking that since it was done to them they should do it to others as well or as a way of easing their own psychological burden. Does child abuse/ neglect cause a person to become and abuser? A recent study in the U. K showed that roughly one in ten male victims of child sex abuse in a study conducted in the U.

K. went on to become child abusers as adults which shows that not all individuals who are abused/ neglected as children become abusers themselves in the future rather the potential is there but it doesn’t’ always manifest itself (New York Times 1995). What the study also found out was that the risk of becoming a child abuser was greater for children who were sexually victimized when they were from severely dysfunctional families.

Factors such as a history of family violence, female sexual abuse, neglect from mothers, and an overall lack of supervision were all reasons which later became associated with a threefold-increased risk that the person abused would become an abuser in the future. Conclusion: Taking all the information into account it can be said that child abuse/ neglect by a parent to a child doesn’t always result in the child becoming an abuser themselves rather it is the environment that they are exposed to whether it is one of constant violence or neglect that carries the potential of turning a person into an eventual abuser.

Personal Conclusions In the end the end the statement “”What if we found that victims have often been offenders before, and vice-versa? ” just shows that a person doesn’t always become an abuser just because they were a victim before in the past rather it depends on factors such as the environment they grew up in and the level of violence that they were constantly exposed to the determined how they would becomes as adults. As for the resources used in this paper what was used were two academic journals and one internet source.

The reason behind using the academic journals was because they were a relevant source of information that coincided with my research and the internet source was able to provide current up to date practices in the study of child abuse. Upon researching this particular topic what I learned was that not all victims of child abuse become abusers themselves that there are several factors involved that can lead a person to commit such an act and it is usually dependent on the sort of environment they were raised in.

What really surprised me in this area of research was that it wasn’t usually a case of personal choice that a person became an abuser but rather an environmental change that caused a person to become the way they were. From looking at this case from a different perspective that of abuser being the one initially abused it does bring about a sense of pity for people who become abusers because of what happened to them in the past.

List of References Saltzman, A. (1986). Reporting Child Abusers and Protecting Substance Abusers. Social Work, 31(6), 474-476 Itzin, C. (2001). Incest, Paedophilia, Pornography and Prostitution: Making Familial Males More Visible as the Abusers. Child Abuse Review, 10(1), 35-48 (1995, May 21). Factors That Form Child Abusers. New York Times, p. 25. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database