Children all around the world are abused. In the book Forged by Fire two important characters were severely hurt by someone who claimed they were Angel’s father. They were always beat on for no reason what so ever. Angel’s “father” had his own issues and problems that he had to deal with, but took it out on two innocent children.
They did not grow up super privileged and on top of that they had a mother who was ignorant and a “father” who hit them constantly. As you can tell they had a tough childhood, and it didn’t end there. “In 2013, 27,562 children were victims of abuse or neglect in Ohio, a rate of 10.4 per 1,000 children, representing a 6.1% decrease from 2012. Of these children, 48.3% were neglected, 43.2% were physically abused, and 18.
8% were sexually abused.” (1)In Forged by Fire both Angel and Gerald were abused. Angel was physically abused. “His fist, like a hammer, connected with her back as she ran. She groaned in pain, but dared not stop” (Draper 27) Also, she was abused sexually. ” As I mentioned before Gerald was abused as well. “Mama had once caught Gerald playing with the lighter, and she made the fire come out and she held his hand right over the flame” (Draper 7). Gerald was also neglected.
“Mama had been gone all day” ( Draper 7). This goes to show on how many different occasions the two how of them have been abused. Some may not exactly know what the words “Child Endangerment” and “Child Abandonment” mean. “Child abuse can result from physical, emotional, or sexual harm.
While child abuse is often in the form of an action, there are also examples of inaction that cause harm, such as neglect.” (PT) “Abandonment typically refers to a parent’s choice to willfully withhold physical, emotional, and financial support from a minor child” (The Spruce). Some of the signs are when children wear longer clothing in hot weather, and don’t want to take it off.
For example, when Angel first met Aunt Queen and Gerald she wore long black clothing, and when Aunt Queen tried to suggest she take it off she got very defensive. They usually do this to hide the bruises and marks. There are many different types of child abuse. Physical, emotional, and sexual. Some wonder about neglect, but that falls under the emotional category as well. Sometimes there is a reason behind child abuse.
It may not always be the right reason and it definitely doesn’t justify anything, but sometimes the abuser has issues of their own such as; “lack of family cohesion, community violence, parents’ history of domestic abuse”(PT) and much more. Most of the time when someone hurts you it’s because they have been hurt themselves in the past, but child abuse shouldn’t be tolerated and there are ways to stop it. “If you suspect a child has been abused, contact a pediatrician or a local child protective agency for help. Physicians are legally obligated to report all suspected cases of abuse or neglect to authorities.” (PT) Pediatricians are great resources to go to when being abused because they can help you get through it and they can heal you emotionally and physically. In Forged by Fire when Gerald was abused it made him stronger which came in handy when he needed to protect himself and Angel.
In conclusion, it is safe to say Child Abuse is an issue everywhere. Sometimes people don’t even realize that the kid they are having a conversation with is being abused. Forged by Fire is a great example of how much children are being hit, and we may not even recognize it.
The good news is that there are many people children who are being abused can speak to that will be glad to help. Kids all over the world are being abused and it is definitely something serious. Child abuse can either make you or break you so, which was will it be?