- Any type of abuse that is directed at a child, e.g. physical, mental, emotional, sexual, etc…
- An act—or failure to act—that results in a child’s serious harm or risk of harm, including physical or emotional harm, exploitation or death
- When a caretaker fails to provide for a child’s basic needs
Child Abuse includes:
- Physical Abuse: Inflicting physical pain or injury on a child, including, but not limited to hitting, throwing, slapping, bruising, or restraining them by physical or chemical means
- Sexual Abuse: Non-consensual sexual contact or forced behavior of any kind
- Exploitation: Having expectations beyond a child’s developmental capabilities, or exposing a child to sexually abusive or age-inappropriate content
- Psychological Abuse: Inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on a child through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. humiliation, intimidation, or threats
- Neglect: The failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable child.
- Abandonment: Desertion of a child by anyone who has custody of or has assumed responsibility for the care the child
On average, five or more children die each day as a result of child abuse or neglect in the United States. There are over 6.2 million reports made in regards to child abuse and neglect each year. Over 15 million children witness domestic violence in their homes each year.
More Child Abuse Statistics: http://www.americanspcc.org/advocacy/child-abuse-statistics/
Abused children are at risk for interpersonal problems that may last throughout the lifecycle. These problems may include aggressive behavior and there is a much greater risk for adolescents to be involved in substance abuse. Studies have also shown that children with a history of physical abuse may meet DSM-IV-TR criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you are being abused we urge you to seek Help and Safety
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