What’s Child abuse?
It is defined as causing or permitting any harmful or offensive contact on a child's body; and, any communication or transaction of any kind which humiliates,shames, or frightens the child.
It is the act by parents or caretakers that have caused serious behavioral, cognitive, emotional, or mental disorders. This can includeparents/caretakers using extreme or bizarre forms of punishment such as confinement in a closet or dark room or being tied to a chair for long periods of time or threatening or terrorizing a child.Physical Abuse.
The inflicting of physical injury upon a child. This may include, burning, hitting, punching, shaking, kicking, beating, or otherwise harming a child. The parent or caretaker may nothave intended to hurt the child; the injury is not an accident. It may, however, been the result of over-discipline or physical punishment that is inappropriate to the child’s age.
Sexual Abuse.The inappropriate sexual behavior with a child. It includes intercourse, incest, rape, sodomy, exhibitionism and sexual exploitation. To be considered child abuse these acts have to be committed bya person responsible for the care of a child (for example a baby-sitter, a parent, or a daycare provider) or related to the child. If a stranger commits these acts, it would be considered sexualassault and handled solely be the police and criminal courts.
How does it affect teenagers?
The emotional damage as a result of child abuse can also last for the rest of life, severely limitingthe ability of adults to the personal and social adjustment.
How can we prevent it?
Abused children need your intervention. In their helplessness, they must rely on capable adults who arewilling to take a stand and get them out of an abusive environment. By being aware of child abuse, and helping to educate the people you know, you can help prevent child abuse in your community.
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