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Throughout the novel,Forged by Fire the main characters, Gerald and Angel, experience abuse. From the beginning to the end of the novel the children undergo many types of child abuse. Child abuse is a serious matter that our community should fully understand because it could lead to suicide. An estimated 1,670 children died from abuse or neglect in FFY 2015, which is 5.7% more than in 2011. Society should realize just how many people encounter abuse so that we can stop the amount of young deaths.Child abuse by definition is the “mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation.” There are many reasons people abuse. Some of the reasons abuse happens is they might have been abused as a child themself, there may be a lack of support in the household, the parents may be using and abusing drugs or alcohol, or the parents might have an emotional disorder. The types of abuse include physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, and physiological. There are ways to identify and stop abuse; they include knowing what child abuse it is, knowing the signs that point to it, and reporting the abuse. I chose to research child abuse because I wanted to know the signs of being mistreated. Aunt Queen was able to conclude that Angel was being abused by her black leggings on a hot day. The first type of child abuse seen in Forged by Fire was neglect. This abusive form was used by the mother, Monique, towards the main character, Gerald, as a little boy. Monique would leave Gerald alone in their apartment for hours without food, water, or heat. Gerald was always scared when Monique left so he would hide behind the couch, where she would tell him to hide. The result of Monique neglecting Gerald was a fire.Monique had,once again left Gerald alone.  Later in the novel, the other main character, Angel, was also abused but in a sexual way. Jordan, her “Daddy” touched her in ways she did not like and threatened to kill and cook her cat and even throw her outside in the snow. Gerald knew of the molestation and wanted to stop it so he went to an adult he could trust. Jordan was sentenced to 6 to 10 years of prison and held guilty on all accounts. Gerald and Angel had the help of  Mr.Washington in court.The issues addressed in Forged by Fire, were -for the most part- realistic. The matter of child abuse was used in a realistic way. In America a report of child abuse is made every few seconds. 6.6 million children get sent to protection agencies due to child abuse. Physical abuse is the most common type of child abuse ranking at a 28.3% above sexual abuse which is 20.7%. In conclusion,Forged by Fire showed great examples of abuse and how to handle them. Gerald reported his abuser to Mr.Washington, which helped him and Angel. Helpful resources are prevention programs, the police, and the child help hotline, (1-800)-422-4453. Knowing the definition of abuse and knowing the signs of it could help stop it. Therefore if you witness or see the signs of abuse, report it.

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