victimization final project

victimization final project - Miriam Reynoso Mercy College...

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Miriam Reynoso Mercy College Victimology April 29, 2009 Child Victims While taking a class on family violence last semester, I found an interesting article on children victims of abuse. The article explained differences that exist when the victim of a crime is a child, as when it is an adult. I thought this will be a good topic for this class final project, because although we think we know the whole story about it, there is more into picture than what we thought. When I started researching about children victims of abuse, as a mother I was petrified with the statistics, but even more on how we handle, respond and care for these children. Victims regarding their ages undergo a period of healing in order to overcome their traumatic experience. However, when the victim is a child is a whole different story. Beside the physical and emotional trauma, children lose their sense of confidence in other, mostly in adults, and when the abuse is reported, the child is put into a stressful and traumatic criminal legal process. In this essay I will cover the different types of child victimization, how our current legal system deals with child victims, and the resources offered to them.
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The trauma of a child victim is different than an adult because an adult is more emotional prepare to overcome this difficult situation. Victimized children quite often suffer from damaged or very low self esteem besides the already known post-trauma symptoms and negative behaviors. T he current psychological treatment of these children often targets the overt behaviors that many post abuse children have, like oppositional behaviors, acting out behaviors that include anger and rage, fight and flight, and quite possibly intense focus difficulties and bullying other children. In addition, there are children that may have more internalized post trauma behaviors that include extreme shyness and social awkwardness, as well as very strained self-confidence in their abilities. In either case, the abused child struggles to attain a healthy self esteem, and needs assistance to do so. There are various types of child victimization. These abuses include general neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, and emotional abuse. These young victims were placed in an uncomfortable position, and because their lack of experience and physically limitations cannot protect themselves. The incidences of abuse in correlation with the victims’ age are astounding. In 2005 in the United States alone, 3.6 million children were assessed or investigated in suspicion of abuse by Child Protective Services. Furthermore, the national Crime victimization survey reported that the victimization rate for children between the ages of 12-19, it is higher than any other age group. Children between 12-15 years have the highest incidence of sexual and physical abuse, although sexual abuse in general only accounts for 9.3 % of the cases reported.
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2011 for the course VICT 1 taught by Professor Cristina during the Spring '09 term at Mercy NY.

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