Child abuse has become a serious topic of conversation over the past few years. Many children have suffered from severe abuse in multiple ways and on multiple occasions. In the book Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper, was created to teach readers of all ages the importance of someone’s life. There were many lessons in the book that relate to real life predicaments. “Child abuse is the physical, sexual, or psychological maltreatment of a child or children, especially by a parent or a caregiver.” This may come as a surprise, but there are a lot of kids that are abused across the United States according to this quote. ” Each year in Ohio, child protective service agencies across the state substantiate more than 30,000 cases of child abuse and neglect.” There are many different ways that children can be abused. For example, there is verbal, sexual, physical, mental, and even emotional abuse. Physical abuse is when you purposely harm a child; examples of physical abuse include: hitting, burning, beating, or injuring bones. Verbal abuse is saying negative phrases towards someone or something. You can abuse someone verbally by belittling, physically threatening, or sexual actings towards them. Sexual abuse is any type of unwanted sexual behavior by one person upon another. Unfortunately, this is a very popular type of child abuse too. Did you know that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18? That is according to this quote, “1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will have been sexually abused by their eighteenth birthday.” There are many reasons why someone may abuse a child. People do it for many different, yet unusual reasons. Child abuse usually happens due to adults smoking or using drugs. People don’t have any control over their habits and it ends up turning into an addiction. It can also happen due to lack of parenting skills. Some people have kids when they are young and do not know how to take care of the child. So, they just put all their problems on the child. Another reason is that that is how the guardian was taught and that is how their parents acted towards them. For example, in the story Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper, Jordan’s mother also abused Angel verbally. So sometimes it might not even be the guardian’s fault that they behave that way. The book Forged by Fire shows a lot of examples of child abuse. For one, the two main characters, Gerald and Angel, were abused in multiple ways over the course of their lives. Gerald was abused by his birth mother, Monique, at a young age. Monique would always yell at three year old Gerald for having an accident, and when he would play with her fire lighter she would burn his hand with the lighter. After abusing Gerald for those three years of his life, she was finally caught and sent to jail, so he ended up being adopted by his Aunt Queen and lived there happily for six years. When Monique returns with a new husband and kid, Gerald gets mad at Monique. Monique and Jordan left somewhere for a while and during that time, Aunt Queen has a heart attack and dies. Therefore, Gerald is forced to move in with Jordan and Monique. Angel is the child Monique had when she was in prison. Before Aunt Queen died, she figured out that Angel was also being abused at home. At Jordan and Monique’s apartment, Gerald is abused by Jordan and finds out himself that Angel is being abused and does not like it. He starts to stick up for Angel and himself because Monique does not say, or do anything. After a while, Gerald noticed Angel was being abused sexually, so he got some help from a friend at school’s parent. Jordan ended going to jail for six years and everything turned out fine in the end. As you can see, child abuse is a very serious thing. It should not be tolerated anywhere at anytime. Too many kids are hurt each year due to child abuse. Child abuse is something that can stress very young children out and make them devastated. As much as you may not notice, kids do not forget their childhood and everything in it. It is very devastating to say that child abuse is a very popular thing. Did you know over 78,000 kids in Ohio are abused each year? And those numbers are sourced just from the state of Ohio! Imagine the amount for the whole United States. In the novel Forged by Fire, Angel was a victim of child abuse and she dealt with it by telling her older brother Gerald. Gerald then told one of his friends’ fathers and the abuser, Jordan, was sentenced to six years in prison to pay for what he did. As you can see, if someone is being abused it is very important that you need to tell someone and get help; do not be afraid to do so.