As a general rule, physical child abuse is a form of physical force on children by a caregiver under circumstances which indicate that the child's health or welfare is harmed or threatened or impairs the child's physical or emotional well-being.
John and Linda Dollar abused and tortured their five children out of seven, ranging from ages 12 to 17. The children received electric shocks, spanking, feet were hit with hammer, chained up and also had their toenails pulled out with pilers.
Findings showed that Linda Dollar was abused during her childhood and first marriage. The Dollars were sentenced to 15 years in prison and another 15 years of probation.
“ Child abuse thrives in the shadows of privacy and secrecy; it lives by inattention” (Bakan, 1971)
Teachers need to take note of:
Reporting of abuse cases is MANDATORY
Intervention Acknowledge Providing Comfort for the Victim Reporting Looking for Signs and Symptoms H ear: Listen to your friend. Tell your friend: "I believe you." E ncourage; empathize Tell your friend: "I'm sorry this happened to you. " A ffirm; acknowledge Tell your friend: "It's not your fault." "I'm glad you told me. R eport; refer; reassure Tell your friend: "Together we're going to get some help.