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.


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 themselves 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.


Child sexual abuse is the use of a child for the sexual stimulation of an adult or older person (usually defined as someone three to four years older depending on local laws), including but not limited to rape, fondling, sexual assault, exposure, voyeurism, and commercial sexual exploitation.

  •  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.


Signs of Child Sexual Abuse

Effects of Child Sexual Abuse

Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse 

 What to do If A Child Reports Being Abused

Reporting Suspected Child Abuse

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