WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?
Non-Accidental Physical Injury
Child Abuse is Against The Law
Are you willing to make any significant contribution to the personal safety of all children?
What You Can do About the Problem of Child Abuse
1. Teach your children about sexual abuse and how to be safe.
2. Be alert: for signs of abuse in children.
3. Give emotional support: if your child or the child has been abuse. Advocate for the child.
4. Give support to programs and agencies that are working to prevent child abuse.
Some Risks of Child Abuse
Mental Health Disorder Addiction & Related Issues
. Risk for intimate relationship violence
. Alcoholism & alcohol abuse
. Illicit drug abuse
. Smoking & drinking at an early age
. Depression. Suicide attempts
Sexual & Reproductive Health Issues & Risk Factors
. Multiple sex partners
. Sexuality transmitted diseases
. Unintended pregnancies
. Early initiation of sexual activity
. Adolescent pregnancy and fetal death
In one study 80% of 21 year-olds who reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
Source: Child Help
Physical abuse is defined as an injury or pattern of injuries to a child that is non-accidental.
Sexual abuse is exploitation of a child for sexual gratification of an adult or any person in position of power and may include acts from fondling to penetration.
Neglect is failure to provide for a child's physical, emotional, or medical needs.
Emotional Abuse is harsh words and actions that sends hurtful message to a child and attacks his or her emotional development and sense of self-worth.