WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?
Child abuse occurs when an adult causes, or threatens to cause, physical or mental harm to a child. Child abuse includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Neglect may include lack of supervision, inadequate physical, medical, or educational care, and abandonment.
WHO ARE ABUSERS?
Abusers are family, friends, and neighbors. As described by the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, “lt is a sad irony that many abusers genuinely love their children, but they find themselves caught in life situations beyond their control and they do not know how to cope. They are often isolated from friends and family and may have no one to give them emotional support. They may not like them- selves and may not know how to get their emotional needs met.”
Child abuse is not limited to anyone group. It happens in all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious sectors.
YOU SHOULD ALSO KNOW…
- About one in every four children will be sexually abused by the age of eighteen.
- Most sexual abuse involves no physical damage to the child, the damage comes from the violation of the relationship and is far more long-lasting than physical injury.
- Most abusers are family, friends, and neighbors, someone the child knows and trusts.