Physical Abuse- an injury to a child that is not an accident, may include: hitting, punching, beating, burning, biting, cutting, shaking, or any action that physically harms a child.
Emotional Abuse– maltreatment of a child that may involve criticizing, insulting, yelling, swearing, manipulating, rejecting or withholding love.
Neglect- failure to provide for a child’s basic physical, emotional, medical or educational needs.
Sexual Abuse– any sexual activity with a child, including exhibitionism, photographs or films, pornography, prostitution, rape, or fondling.
Most often the abuser is someone the child knows, such as a parent, relative, neighbor or friend of the family.
Each year, close to 3 million reports of suspected abuse are made in the United States. Many more cases never get reported. One victim of child abuse is too many!
Children who are abused may show physical and behavioral signs. You may be a child’s only lifeline to safety. Please pay attention to the treatment of children around you. Child abuse is everyone’s business.
Child abuse and neglect occur in all segments of our society, but the risk factors are greater in families where parents: