Growing up Angel and Gerald were both abused by their stepfather Jordan after their Aunt Queen died. Aunt Queen was the only person who cared from them and took them in and raised them when their mother couldn’t. Gerald, as the older brother of Angel felt that it was always his job to protect her. I choose to do my research on child abuse not only because it’s the main conflict in the novel but it’s something that happens in the real world. The novel can be easily related to what’s happening in real life. Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, weather through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child. Can be neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, manipulation, exploitation, or emotional abuse. Parents who were abused in their childhood are more likely to abuse their own children due growing up in that model. Parents may abuse their child because of not realizing how much a child needs. Mostly teens or immature adults. Also, parents under the act of alcohol and drug use. That totally takes away your self control and you aren’t in the right state of mind and may cause you to abuse your child. Angel and Gerald’s stepfather Jordan, sexually abused Angel and physically abused Gerald. Their mother Monique is totally unaware of her husband and his act’s. He would always be drunk and not in the right state of mind whenever he was around. Jordan eventually goes to jail but it’s not too long before comes out and starts to bother the children again. Although one day when Jordan was about to sexually assault Angel, a fire started in their apartment and Jordan ended up dying from the fire. Every year more than 3.6 million files are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children. The United States has one of the worst records losing average between 4 and 7 children everyday to child abuse and neglect. A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Forged by Fire is very realistic and child abuse is an extremely common case. Jordan abused the children and served his time and eventually died about to sexually molest his daughter. Throughout their childhood Angel and Gerald were abused. Child abuse is the cause of harm or risk of a child. Abuse is very common in The US. This topic relates to the novel. Children die everyday due to abuse from parents.