The problem of violence, abuse, and maltreatment is a global problem, and the abuser might be from all society levels, from poor and rich, from all religions, from people who are educated and not educated, and from intellectuals and non-intellectuals. The majority of violence, abuse and maltreatment occur within a family, and the majority of abusers are known to the victim.
It might be the child abuser, or the abuser or the victim of the abuser as a human being:
- One of the family members
- Care takers
- One of the friends
- An acquaintance
- Power holders like police members
- Even children themselves.
Research indicates that the child is able to protect himself in the case of training but whenever the aggressor is closer and alerted to his victim, then it becomes harder for the child to detect the attack and put a stop to it.
I believe it is difficult for a large proportion of children especially young children to report violence and abuse practiced against them; although, they are the most vulnerable category targeted to abuse and are the most affected by all the violence, abuse and maltreatment.
Here is a Broward Country Public Schools 2012-2013 report regarding child abuse types taking place in schools.
I honestly think that it is good to ask questions. Can schools notify parents or guardians of a child perpetrator? Is it wrong to report child abuse? Would you stand with an abused child and protect him/her from harm?
Dave Pelzer once said: “Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.”
Hakim, Yoad Ghanadry. Our Children and How We Protect Them? Palestine: Qader for Community Development, 2013. Print.
Picture #1 – Lipsticks & Politics
Picture #2 – Family Structure and Function
Picture #3- Supporting Schools and Community