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  • Michael's father (35, unemployed)
  • Michael (9 years old, male)
  • ...
  • Michael's mother (30, part-time job)
  • If you don't shut up and stop crying, I will hit you even harder!!
  • I am sick of you!!
  • Daddy.. stop hurting me please.. mummy please stop kicking..
  • Why was I born..
  • As Michael was violently treated by his parents, child maltreatment result in violent and aggressive behavior, substance abuse, academic difficulties and emotional problems (Rummell & Hansen, 1992).
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  • All forms were involved when Michael's parents abused him, which were sexual, emotional, neglect and of course, physical abuse (Shackman et al., 2007). By the way, neither us or Michael do know what he did wrong.
  • Stop touching me Michael..
  • Sir, are you done yet? Please let me go..
  • Dude, why did you hit me? Stop being aggressive!!
  • Oh God, please don't kill me.. 
  • Michael was not doing good at school. He was unhappy compared to other students; due to short-term impacts of maltreatment, he was academically delayed and had difficulty dealing with tasks (Prino & Peyrot, 1994). In addition, Michael did not have any friends; because his social skills were poor and had low self-esteem (Ammerman et al., 1986). 
  • Yes I've caused several crimes but It is not my FAULT
  • Michael's view of maltreatment from his parents was not a short-term impact. It became long-term and he showed signs of violent acts, substance abuse, psychotic symptoms, depression, anxiety and personality pathology (Swogger et al., 2011).
  • He felt hopeless in his life. Michael was not even able to get decent relationship with anyone, including females (Yen et al., 2005). Thus he began to act violently towards strangers or his 'friends' and even sexually abused them, as he was showing signs of psychopathy (Plutchik et al., 1989).
  • Michael (20, dropped out from high school)
  • There is no doubt that childhood trauma and maltreatment from his parents made Michael's life miserable. He admits his acts of crime toward strangers. Michael did commit crimes and he should be punished. However, from his parent's maltreatment at such a young age, his brain is damaged due to physical abuse, as there is a relationship between crime and childhood trauma, including child maltreatment (Ammerman et al., 1986).
  • Michael (25)
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