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Characteristics of an Abused Child:Adults, such as teachers, doctors, etc., who comes in contact with children, can detect the abuse of a child by looking for many of these symptoms of abuse. 1.) Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance 2.) Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents' attention 3.) Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes 4.) Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen 5.) Lacks adult supervision 6.) Is overly compliant, passive, agressive, or withdrawn 7.) Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home 8.) Has unexplained burns, bites, bruises, broken bones, or black eyes 9.) Has fading bruises or other marks noticeable after an absence from school10.) Shrinks at the approach of adults11.) Reports injury by a parent or another adult caregiver12.) Is frequently absent from school13.) Begs or steals food or money14.) Is consistently dirty and has severe body odor15.) Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather16.) Abuses alcohol or other drugs17.) Has difficulty walking or sitting18.) Suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities19.) Reports nightmares or bedwetting20.) Experiences a sudden change in appetite21.) Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior22.) Runs away23.) Is either inappropriately adult (parenting other children, for example) or inappropriately infantile (frequently rocking or head-banging, for example)24.) Is delayed in physical or emotional development25.) Has attempted suicide26.) Reports a lack of attachment to the parent
Made and presented by BriAnna Roehrborn
In the memoir A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer, David disp layed many of the characteristics of child abuse. He had difficulty concentrating in class which resulted in him being held back. He had shown a sudden change in behavior, going from a boy with loads of school friends to the boy who was bullied throughout his class. He was always on edge for anything bad to happen especially when he is by his mother. He also expressed various moments of agression in the last years of his abuse, which also should have triggered responses from the adults at his past school. At one moment David had expressed to his substitute teacher the unwillingness to go home. He also had many injuries and bruises that were either unexplained or told to be 'accidental'. In the duration of the years he was abused, David had also stole food countless of times from other children, stores or his own school's cafeteria. In most cases he got in serious trouble, having the school notify his mother which ended up starting the cycle over again because she refused to provide this necessity. David was also always dirty becuase his mother forced him to wear the same swiss cheese clothing to school over and over again, eventually getting to the point where he obviously smelled of body odor, recieving the name Pelzer Smelzer from his childhood bully Aggie. There was many identifiable characteristics of child abuse David had expressed, and I'm glad he got out of it as soon as he did, but I still wonder why this wasn't recognized before by many of adults, and also in the instances that it was suspected why didn't the adults step up and help him. All in all, there were many pieces of evidence of his situation, and his memoir had proven just that.
For this presentation, I read A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer, the novel tells of one child's jouney through a life of abuse from the hands of his own parents. David had written this memoir demonstrating emotional maltreatment, neglect and physical abuse when he was a child. I highly recomend this novel for middle school aged children and older, it might be a low lexile book but the intense tale is incredible.