A Child Called It

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The book “A Child Called It” tells the true story of a boy, David, who’s mother is physically and emotionally abusive. Throughout the book we hear in the first account tellings of what the other did to David and how his father stood by and wasn’t able to help. Many people may think that children who are abused are only children, that may be the case a lot of the time but not always. In David’s case he had brothers who were all treated fairly and were part of what helped his mother hide the abuse for so long. The thing that stood out to me the most was how his mother gave him affection and then would pull it away, he always longed for that affection but at some point he just gave up, because he realized that the affection was short lived. While reading this book I was shocked that it could have possibly gone on for so long and no one had noticed, unfortunately this happens way too often. When David was twelve his school nurse started to take an interest in him and his condition and everything came out. David was removed from his mothers care, which is the happy ending that a lot of children dream for, and unfortunately not all get.

Part of what I thought was so horrible was how the mother would give affection and then all of a sudden take it away. I know how confusing and heartbreaking this can be for a child. The things David’s mother did are…...

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