History of Child Abuse

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History of Child Abuse
Kayleigh Keller
BSHS/408
March 30, 2015
Marcia Winter

History of Child Abuse Child abuse has been happening for all of recorded history. The views on it have changed drastically, especially in the last 50 years or so. It used to be something that was just swept under the rug and kept behind closed doors. Now, however, with all of the new laws that protect children and punish abusers more severely, child abuse is something that is taken very seriously. To know why the different laws and policies are what they are, human services workers need to have an understanding of how history has shaped them. This paper will discuss that, along with the extent of child abuse and neglect. In addition, this paper will explain how the different types of child abuse and neglect compare and contrast. Finally, the implications of child abuse and neglect will be addressed.
History of Child Abuse and Neglect
Ancient Cultures Many ancient cultures saw fit to kill infants that were deformed or weak. In addition, many newborn infants were subjected to very harsh treatment and neglect. The textbook, Protecting Our Children: Understanding and Preventing Abuse and Neglect in Early Childhood (2010), explains how early cultures viewed infants, “Children of Greece and Rome were not given names until they were several days or months old…Spartans required infants to be exposed to the elements after birth…Ancient Chinese culture required infants to be left unfed in a room for three days…Many early societies…sacrificed infants and young children to gods to ward off evil magic” (Hirschy & Wilkinson, 2010, p. 3). Children were not treated any better. Ancient cultures had very low opinions of children.
Middle Ages to Nineteenth…...

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