Unfortunately, physical abuse has been an everyday aspect of domestic life for many people for too long. It doesn’t just inflict humiliation, pain, and harm either. In America, 4 children die every day as a result of child abuse. Just over 41% of those children who die, die as a result of physical abuse.
All of our children have a right to be protected from violence. Around 2 and a half percent of American children have been bitten, beaten up, kicked, punched, scalded, burned, threatened, or attacked with a gun or knife by their parents. Another 8 and a half percent have been hit by their parents, with an object.
Those who physically abuse children often have substance abuse problems, have been subjected to abuse in their own childhood, experience domestic violence, or have an emotional impairment.
While, children that are physically abused are usually between the ages of 4 and 8. While infants and toddlers are at the greatest risk of death due to the physical abuse. No gender leaves you at greater risk of physical abuse from parents.
Signs in Childhood:
• Children who have been physically abused tend to have difficult relating to both their peers, and the adults, that are around them.
• With a constant threat of violence, they are often mistrustful and vigilant.
• They may be aggressive or domineering in trying to control the behavior of others.
• They may experience mood swings, dealing with profound rage, grief, and fear.
Children who have been physically abused, may also struggle with:
• Anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.
• Problems with academic achievement.
• Anger management and aggression issues.
• Difficultly developing and maintaining friendships and relationships.
• Difficulty with coordination and physical development.
Signs in Adulthood:
Adults who have experienced physical abuse as children are at a greater risk of violent and aggressive behavior, or avoidant and shy behavior which results in rejection, and possibly re-victimization.
This polarized behavior is usually driven by hyper-vigilance, the victim has become accustomed to physical abuse and anticipates threats and violence in normal everyday situations. Men who were physically abused during childhood are more prone to violent behavior, and amongst sexual and violent offenders, men who were physically abused are over-represented.
Children who experienced abuse were 25% more likely to get pregnant in their teen years. Additionally, they are more likely to take risks sexually, increasing their risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Sadly, around 30% of children who were abused go on to abuse their own children. This is why it’s so vital that abused children receive treatment and therapy to help them come to terms with the abuse that they experienced. The cost of child abuse every year in the US is over $100 billion. The psychological scars run much deeper.