Child abuse is a curse that society needs to introspect and use correctives measures, as it impacts the healthy growth of our future generations. The abusive environment can hamper the growth of a child mentally and make him/her a person who is low in confidence and is not able to take the highs and lows of the life in a positive manner. Abusive behavior in childhood is linked to numerous problems that a person grows up and it is very hard to cure them because the foundation for such problems are laid at an early age and are very much ingrained in the personality of a person as they grow older.
The scourge of childhood violence that is rapidly engulfing our society is not limited by space, race, class or country, but can be found in every stratum of our community. It is important that at first we raise the awareness about this problem in our society so that more and more people realize the magnitude of this problem and the urgency needed to root it out. The next step will be to counter this menace, which is easier said than done. In several cultures, neighbors don’t get involved if a parent is beating his/her child because they believe that it is a way to discipline the child.
Similarly, if there is a domestic dispute, then people also tend to stay away from such an affair, which they believe is between the husband and wife in which outsiders must not meddle. However, these violent behaviors of the parents are considered to be one of the biggest contributors of emotional violence experienced in childhood. Violence witnessed or experienced in childhood can often lead to aggressive behavior in teenage, alcohol and substance abuse, which in turn can lead a teenage person to go deeper into the criminal world.
Studies performed by experts suggest that we can lower the incidence of childhood violence if we look out for the warning signals that will tell us whether a child is subjected to abuse. These signals can vary from sudden mood change, loss of appetite, fearing for the safety of his/her mother, staying alone in school campuses, little interest in sports or other outdoor activities and so on. If a parent, school counselor or teacher notices these types of regressive behaviors, then they should take the child into their confidence and inquire about any problem he/she might be facing at home or school. If they deduce the problem, then the parent could talk to the teachers (in case of school bullies), to the police (if it is the case of sexual abuse) to come to a solution at the earliest to limit the damage to the mind of the abused child so that he/she can live his/her life to the fullest without any fear that might cast a shadow on the childhood.