WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT?
Child abuse and neglect occurs when a child is mistreated, resulting in injury or risk of harm. Abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional or sexual.
Physical Abuse may be defined as any act which, regardless of intent, results in a non-accidental physical injury. Inflicted physical injury most often represents unreasonably severe corporal punishment. This usually happens when the parent is frustrated or angry and strikes, shakes or throws the child.
Physical Neglect is defined as the failure to provide for a child's physical survival needs to the extent that there is harm or risk of harm to the child's health or safety. This may include, but is not limited to: abandonment; lack of supervision; life endangering physical hygiene; lack of adequate nutrition that places the child below the normal growth curve; lack of shelter; or lack of medical or dental care that results in health threatening conditions.
Sexual Abuse Is defined as acts of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of minors. Sexual abuse encompasses a broad range of behavior and may consist of many acts over a long period of time or a single incident. The nature of sexual abuse, the shame of the child victim, and the possible involvement of trusted parents, stepparents, or other persons in a caretaker role make it extremely difficult for children to come forward to report sexual abuse.
Emotional Abuse includes verbal assaults, ignoring and indifference or constant family conflict. If a child is degraded enough, the child will begin to live up to the image communicated by the abusing parent or caretaker.
Child abuse can happen anywhere; in poor, middle-class or well-to-do homes, in rural or urban areas.REPORT DATA FROM 1997
P.O. Box 1841
Chicago, Illinois 60690-1841
For Child Abuse Info, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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