Sadly enough, child abuse is becoming a painful problem, as over a million of children each year are recognized as its victims. Therefore, sooner or later (especially if you are studying social sciences) you will have to write a paper on child abuse, and trust me, it is hardly an easy thing to do. Over the years spent in the College of Social Science, Michigan State University, I’ve written a couple of them and managed to develop my own pool of ideas that I’d like to share with you here.
First of all, when writing an abuse essay, provide a valid definition of the term. Bizarrely, there is no strict line that would separate legally punishable child abuse from being not quite a good parent. You, however, can rely on that to formulate your thesis. Did you know that US state authorities in most cases justify people who prefer to pray for their children instead of taking them to the hospital, even if it caused lethal consequences? In your essay, you can look into it and prove that religious beliefs cannot be seen as a reason to prevent your child from medical care. Or you could advocate it – depending on your own point of view.
Another technique to use is describing your own experience. If you’ve had or seen something like that in your life, do not be ashamed to write about it. Change names and places, if you want to, but leave the main course of events unchanged.
It might also be useful to write about child abuse organizations like American Academy of Pediatrics, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and so on. Familiarize yourself with their policies and activities and make a conclusion about their usefulness.
There is one last idea you can use for writing when you have (luckily!) no personal experience of child abuse – autobiographies. “A Child Called “It” and “The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family” by Dave Pelzer, to name a few. They will help you understand the nature of the problem better. Be careful not to turn your paper into a literary essay, though.
I hope these ideas will help you ace this writing assignment.