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    II. DIFFERENT KIND OF CHILD ABUSE A.   Physical Abuse Physical abuse involves physical aggression directed at a child by an adult most nations with child abuse laws considered the deliberate infliction of serious injuries, or action that place the child at obvious risk of serious injuries or death, to be illegal. Bruises, scratches, burns, broken bones, lacerations, as well as repeated “mishaps,” and rough treatment that could cause physical injury, can be physical abuse. RELATED TOPIC THE AGONY OF INJUSTICE  JUST BEFORE THE DAWN, SOMMAYEH MEHRI’S HUSBAND SLIPPED into the bedroom where he slept with her two small daughter and doused their sleeping figures with a bucket of acid. Mehri awoke to excruciating pain and began shouting for help. “I’m burning, I’m burning!”, she screamed. Her husband, who had earlier denied Mehri’s request for a divorce, had cut the electricity to the house before his attack. It took long minutes for Mehri’s neighbor to find the water and reach the family in darkness. Today the skin across her face and arms is covered with rough, discolored scars. One eye has fused entirely into the skin, and she cans no more than faint shadows with her remaining eye. Mehri knows only from others’ account that her younger daughter Rana, now 3, is also badly disfigured, with burns across 60% of her body. These days, Mehri and Rana spend their time traveling between hospitals in Tehran and their home in Hemmatabad , a small village in southeastern Iran, near the city of Bam. (The older daughter Nazanin was injured less severely). They have both endured numerous surgeries and will require many more. Doctors hope that with time they will be able to restore Meh ri’s sight and repair Rana’s eyelid, enabling the    toddler to shut her remaining eye. But whether Mehri and Rana will ever receive justice is another question. Under quesas, the eye-for-an-eye principle of Iran’s Islamic penal code, Mehri is entitled to ask for compensation are the right to blind and disfigured her husband with acid. Authorities of the nearby Bam have been slow to the grant Mehri’s divorce, however, and eventually release her husband last year on bail; Mehri has told reporters that he has since threatened her life. While such acid attacks her much less common in Iran than in other countries like India or Pakistan, Mehri’s ordeal is a troubling reminder of the legal and social discrimination women face under Tehran’s Islamic government. Iran’s judiciary often acts in proportion to the media scrutiny and public outrage, and as a poor woman from the provinces, Mehri has found herself unequipped to command media attention. Her main concern remains treatment for her daughter Rana. “She doesn’t understand yet what has happened to her,” Mehri told an Iranian news agency. “That’s why she’s still playful and happy. But with one emptied-out-eye and a burned face, how she can live among her friends and ot hers? This is my great sorrow.”  (Azadeh Moaveni, TIME art and darkness, 2013) B.   Sexual Abuse Sexual abuse refers to the participation of a child in sexual act aimed toward the physical gratification or the financial profit of the person committing the act. Forms of Sexual child abuse:    Pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities    Indecent exposure of the genitals to a child    Displacing pornography to a child    Actual sexual contact with a child    RELATED TOPIC MY FATHER ABUSED ME I was 11 years old when my father started sexually abusing me. I hated him to the max. I haven’t told anyone about this because I trust no one. I am now 21. When I tell my boyfriend about my past? Who can I go to for help? My heart goes out to you for going through hell because of your father’s dastardly actions. I know I could never really empathize with you, not having gone through the same experience, but I understand the pain. I’ve watched several T.V episodes regarding this matter and see the pain on the faces of the victims of such abuse. Telling your boyfriend about your past is a healthy thing to do. Should he look beyond the physical scar and lace importance instead on your total worth in terms of spirituality, maturity, being an ideal mate –  them faint God for him. I suggest that you see an OB GYNE. She will know what to do with your problem. I point you to Jesus who has a heart big enough to accommodate your problem and a love sufficient enough to keep you warm. He will give you peace of mind and inner happiness. “Make God the center of your life and you will be content inside “(Ecclesiastes 7:18). (Tañalas, Lucile B., Health and Home, 2004) C.   Emotional Abuse Emotional abuse is defined as the production of the psychological and social deficit in the growth of a child as a result if the behavior such as loud yelling, coarse, and rude attitude, inattention, harsh criticism and denigration of the child’s personality.    D.   Neglect Child neglect is a failure of a parent or other person with responsibility for the child to provide needed food, clothing, shelter,  medical care or the supervision to the degree that’s the child’s health, safety, and well-being are threatened with harm. Neglect is also a lack of attention from the people surrounding the child, and the non-provision of the relevant and adequate necessities for the child’s survival, which would be a lacking in attention, love and nurture. (  


Jul 23, 2017
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