Child Abuse

By: Kristina Whitley

Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver acts on a child causing injury, death, emotional harm, or risk of serious harm to the child.

Current Event

Denver Child Abuse Case

Children ages 2, 3, 4, and 6 were found in an apartment hungry, covered in feces and urine, and unable to speak. The children communicated with grunts and noises that sounded like animals. Couple Wayne Sperling and Lorinda Bailey are responsible for this horrific abuse. They lived in a filthy apartment with flies covering every surface and a stench of decomposing animals.

Possible Punishments for Child Abuse Offenders

  • Lifetime requirement to register as a child sexual offender
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Ruined reputation
  • Criminal record
  • Supervised access to the child
  • Physical or actual loss and enjoyment of a childContinual involvement with a child protective services agency
  •  Punishments depend on the state where the abuse took place, age of child, whether it involved sexual abuse, whether the child was mentally or physically injured, and the criminal history of the offender.

    - Women physically assault their children in equal numbers to men

    - Minorities are more prevalent in the child protective system

    - Ages of the children being abused and the abusers differ  

    Child abuse falls under interactionists because it is something that comes natural to the abuser. They also typically have no/weak ties to the community so they turn to abusing their children.

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