What Is Child Abuse?

Each year, tens of thousands of children are traumatized by physical, sexual, and emotional abusers or by caregivers who neglect them, making child abuse as common as it is shocking. The scars can be deep and long-lasting, affecting not just abused children but society. You can learn the signs and symptoms of child abuse and find out where to get help for the children and their caregivers.

Child Abuse Is:

  • Physical
    • Shaking, beating, kicking, brusing, punching, cutting, biting, twisting limbs, or even death.
  • Neglect
    • Failure to provide a child’s basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, medical care, education, or supervision.
  • Sexual Abuse
    • Refers to any sexual act with a child by an adult or older child; forcing or persuading a child to engage in any type of sexual act including exposure to porngraphy.
  • Emotional Abuse
    • Verbal assaults such as screaming,threats, belittiling, blame and sarcasm.

Child Abuse affects children of every age, race and income level. It often takes place in the home and may come from a person the child knows and trusts such as a relative, family friend, childcare provider or even a Parent.