There are many causes for child abuse that are completely the parents fault. For example, if a child angers their parents and they punish them too harshly, this could lead to child abuse. This could be caused by alcohol, other abused substances, or, "Cultural context that inadvertently supports the mistreatment of children by its acceptance of corporal punishment and tolerance for violence" as The Salem Press Encyclopedia of Health believes. "Abusive patterns of behavior by parents can be viewed as poor responses to stressful situations and feelings of powerlessness." Castle's father was an alcoholic and abused him, and this causes Castle emotional trauma throughout the story and his life.
The effects of child abuse can be detramental to a child's health. Many examples include; "Greater risk of developing... depression, anxiety, eating disorders... or suicidal ideation." These examples of negative effects of child abuse show that life is worse even after the abuse stops and that it is a very serious problem that sets back people exposed to child abuse for life. "The experience of physical or psychological abuse in childhood can have profound, long-term, and deleterious effects on a person’s social development and emotional well-being." The children involved in the hunger games will experience some of these detrimental effects long into their adulthood.
Child abuse is a major problem all over the world. Even though it isn't illegal in many countries it has many harmful effects that will always haunt the victim These effects range from low self-esteem to schizophrenia. The books Ghost by Jason Reynolds and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins both go over these countervail topics.
CHILD ABUSE CONTROVERSIES
The conflict of child abuse relates to Hunger Games because in the book Katness Everdeen and Peter Malark are forced to fight other kids to the death. They are forced by the government because the 13 districts started a rebellion against the capitol, so they create the hunger games as a reminder not to rebel against the capitol. "Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch – this is the Capitol's way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there's nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen." (1.76)
The conflict of child abuse relates to Ghost because it is the event that caused the main character, Castle, to figure out that he can run really fast. This caused many important events to happen. An example of this would be when he went to the track meet that he wasn't invited to. During the track meet Castle gets fed up with one of the runners, so he goes down to the track and races him. He ties with this runner (who is the fastest on the team) naturally making the coach impressed making him say, "Who do you run for?" The coach says this because, like anyone would assume someone who is very fast runs for a team, but Castle didn't. So, the coach convinces Castle to join the team. (p. 28)
Smartest, hottest, most popular girl She flashes a smile that would make your vision swirl Silky brown hair down to her waist Everyone she meets, she will embrace Such a perfect girl with a warm, kind heart No one knows the secrets that tears her apart
Perfect tan skin that never ceases to amuse Choosing clothes that will hide the bruises Strutting down the halls with unbeatable grace No one knows the torture she has to face She watched the clock with a sad, broken face As soon someone approaches, the smile is back in place
When she comes home, it is impossible to smile He breaks her body and spirit in such a violent style She arrives home, desperately hoping he wasn't thereAs he calls her from his room, her eyes fills with despairHer eyes start watering, knowing what is to comeJust imagining the bloody mess she was to become
Her body shaking, she heads up the stairs Hoping God will answer her prayers She starts stripping her clothes along the way Again, not knowing if it was her last day She reaches his room, not daring to look in his eyesSilently crying, as he runs his hands up her thighs
He lays her down and the painful sting returnsNo matter how many times it happens, it still burnsIt continues for hours, then it comes to an endShe wakes up the next morning, sore, ready to pretend That she is perfect, that she is okay Putting on makeup and shutting the pain away
She fixes herself and looks in the mirror "That's not me", the thought becomes clearer Her trademark smile is in perfect place. The sadness is blocked away from her face. She feels she could collapse under the strain She heads out the door, repeating the cycle again Source:
Scared and alone a sad little girl cries herself to sleep, No hand to hold, no one to tell so alone at night she'd weep.
Tears falling down her nine year old face, she felt so unloved, she felt out of place, She told all her secrets to her pillowcase.
See there was a man much older than she, He was supposed to be in love and married to her mommy.
But her mom would leave and while she was out of the house, He would sneak around quiet as a mouse. He would find that lonely little girl, And ruin her entire world.
And when he was through he'd look her in the eye, And say "if you say a word your brothers and mom will die."
So she kept that secret through all of the years, She spent her time crying all of the tears.
That man got away with all that he did, Trying to make a woman out of a little kid.
She never told her mom but one day, Her mom read it in a journal she had, had hidden away.
She talked to her mom and they tried to make him pay, For all of the years he had taken away.
So that little girl answered questions day after day, Of all the things he would do and say.
One thing after another, time after time, She had to relive all of this in her mind.
But there wasn't enough hard evidence to make the case last, After all of the years that had come and passed.
So the man had to register as a sex offender for a couple of years, For making that little girl cry all of those tears.
She paid more than he did and still does to this day, For now she has a daughter she can hardly let play.
Because what that man did scarred her like a knife, She feels like less of a woman, and feels like he stole her life.
Every once in a while she swears she sees his face, At a store, a station, just any place.
And it is enough to send a chill to the bone, Will he hurt me again, will he follow me home?
After you went through misery like that, You can never have your normal life back.
You think about it sometimes, you know he's still there, You wonder if he will come and get you, you have to live with that fear.
Once you have been violated in such a way, You can't help but think he'll still get you one day.
No matter how safe you are, or what anyone has said, He could be gone from this earth, but he's forever in your head.
In the poem by Rayne, the main character talks about how she has to wear clothes to cover her bruises. In the story, Peter Malark got sliced in the leg by Thresh's sword and he was forced to camouflage next to the creek because he was too wounded to battle. These incidences are related because they both had to cover their injuries. "Perfect tan skin that never ceases to amuse, choosing clothes that will hide the bruises, strutting down the hall with unbeatable grace no one knows the dangers she has to face."
The poem "Please don't hurt me" relates to my book because it shows the effects the person abused similar to Castle. For example, the quote, "Scared and alone a sad little girl cries herself to sleep, No hand to hold, no one to tell so alone at night she'd weep... He would find that lonely little girl, And ruin her entire world." The quote relates to how Castle feels after being abused just like the little girl.
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