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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Addressing the Social Issue of Child Abuse

Despite the efforts of the child protection system, child abuse remains a serious problem. Each year, more than 3 million children are abused. An abuse is reported every ten seconds! Over the years, policies have been enacted in order to decrease the incidence of child abuse. Child abuse haunts the child forever and is very detrimental. Studies show that abused children have lower self-esteem, are incapable of making decisions, exhibit irrational behavior, suffer from depression, have difficulty forming relationships, and suffer in all realms of life. This problem is very important to our society; our nation needs to take further action in order to decrease child abuse. Iím going to explore the different types of child abuse and their effects. Iím also going to look at the demographic characteristics of the victims and perpetrators. Lastly, Iím going to look at public policy and legislation and provide recommendations for future policies and legislation.

Presenter: Rebecca Nemitz (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 211 Holmes
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)