Number of Child and Youth Abuse Reports Sets Record|2019年兒少保護通報逾7萬件 創歷史新高
Statistics from the Ministry of Health and Welfare show that over 70,000 reports of child and youth abuse were filed in 2019, setting a new record. However, the number of reports originating from the general public has been decreasing with each passing year. Meanwhile, the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families found that 34 percent of people do not believe "corporal punishment" is abuse and 10 percent do not think using negative language with their children is abuse.
Previous cases of child abuse reported in Taiwan included a boy who was beaten so severely by his stepfather that he was sent to a hospital, where he died. Another case involved a man who beat up his wife and child because they didn't make his meatballs spicy enough. Ministry of Health and Welfare statistics show that the number of reports of child and youth abuse has increased every year during the past five years. The nearly 74,000 reports received in 2019 set a new record. However, while the number of reports submitted by professional workers has increased, the number submitted by the general public is decreasing, showing that the general public is reluctant to get involved.
It would be reasonable to think that since people are having fewer children, they would cherish the children they have. However, parents these days are under more pressure, and the next generation may be influenced by how their parents disciplined them. Sometimes they discipline, sometimes they scold, and sometimes they abuse them. There's often a fine line between them.
A Taiwan Fund for Children and Families survey found that over 30 percent of respondents do not believe "corporal punishment" is maltreatment, and this tendency was the highest among the 31 to 40 age group. Meanwhile, 11 percent do not believe using negative language with their children is maltreatment, and this tendency was the highest among the 41 to 50 age group. These results conform to the ministry's data on "abusers" in child and youth abuse cases. As to why there is "abuse," it is mainly related to the lack of parental education and knowledge, the prevalence of corporal punishment, and negative emotional behavior.
Our brains actually first receive emotions, then reason. Parents can be somewhat serious while maintaining stable emotions, because only seriousness will make the senses of children more sensitive, thereby helping to activate their cognitive areas and allow them to receive the training and knowledge from their parents.
Experts also say children are negatively affected when they witness adults engaging in violent behavior. Children who grow up in violent environments end up with a high sense of insecurity, which may result in excessive stress or defensive or aggressive behavior. This in turn will affect their interpersonal relationships and mental and physical adaptability. Parents therefore need to learn how to accurately manage discipline and "corporal punishment."
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