Group Member Names: Theresa Huang,ShuYi Cen, Yan Wen Shi, Shirley Feng,Yuanqi Yu, YunQing Chen, SunitaThapa
Myths & FactsMyths: Child molesters look sleazy, unusual orcreepyFacts: Child abusers look like anyone else, infact they often present an appearance ofrespectability, hold jobs, function well in thecommunity and have the respect of their peers.The emotional illness affecting an abuser israrely obvious.
Myths & Facts, continue….Myth - Only bad people abuse their childrenFact - While its easy to say that only "bad people" abusetheir children, its not always so black and white. Not allabusers are intentionally harming their children. Many havebeen victims of abuse themselves, and don’t knowany other way to parent. Others may be struggling withmental health issues or a substance abuse problem
The Prevalence of the Abuse: Local--in Ontario 40.8% of adolescent respondents had experienced emotional abuse. 36% had experienced emotional abuse while growing up 43% had experienced some form of abuse as children or teenagers 39% verbal/emotional abuse in a relationship within the last five years.
The prevalence of the AbuseGloballyAustralian emotional abuse 1995-1996 31%per 10,000 children in Pennsylvania 0.37- 113.027% in USA, 1993 if no reported, no counted
Sign and Symptoms ofEmotional Abuse-Indicators• Low self-esteem• Poor self-image• Poor social and emotional skills• Low persistence• Academic delays
Sign and Symptoms of Emotional Abuse Observable Behaviors: Rocking, sucking on clothes, hands, hair, biting self or others Crying Avoids eye contact Overly aggressive or cruel to others Suffers from sleep, speech disorders Negative statements about self Physical, mental and emotional developmental delays Self-destructive behavior Bed-wetting
Impact:Serious emotional and psychological disordersScares to be left aloneLow self-esteemPoor social skillsAcademic delayContribute to dangerous behaviour