Name: Ken PuterbaughClass: English 12Teacher: Ms. StandridgeDate:TitleThesis: Child abuse is a difficult situation that continues to overtake many.Child abuse is a difficult situation that continues to overtake many; however, the term and standards of what constitutes child abuse has been altered over the years. Child abuse is considered sexual molestation or physical cruel treatment towards anyone under the age of 18. This misconduct can be broken down into three types of abuse: psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. As an adult, many have enough leverage to be able to get out of the situation while children do not have that option. The cruel treatment from one adult as a child, can affect the future of another. Emotional and psychological abuse in children is defined as behaviors, speech, and actions of parents, caregivers, or other significant figures in a child’s life that have a negative mental impact on the child. Psychological abuse (also referred to as psychological violence, emotional abuse, or mental abuse) is a form of abuse, characterized by a person subjecting, or exposing, another person to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Examples of child abuse include name-calling, insulting, threatening violence (even without carrying out threats), allowing children to witness the physical or emotional abuse of another, allowing children to use illegal drugs. Child abuse is most common in families that have financial difficulties, are dealing with single parenthood, are experiencing or experienced a divorce, and struggle with substance abuse issues.Physical abuse is any act on purpose to cause trauma or harm to a child. Physical abuse is any intentional act causing injury or trauma to another person or animal by way of bodily contact. The initial effects of physical abuse are painful and emotionally traumatic for the child.Sexual abuse is any kind of assault onto a minor were the abuser uses tactics to keep the victim quit. Most people who have experienced sexual abuse go through PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder.Child abuse is a major problem, the statistics are just a guess on the numbers, some say the numbers could be twice as much. In 2015, an estimated 1,670 children died form child abuse. The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations-losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.Child abuse is an ever growing problem in the United States and it is only going to get worse unless necessary action is taken.