What Is Child Abuse?
• Child Abuse is any act of commission or
omission that enlarges or impairs a child's
physical or emotional health and development.
Any damage done to a child , it is often because
of an injury or series of injuries affecting the
mind and the well being of the child. There are
four forms of child abuse which are: Physical,
Sexual Neglect and Emotional abuse.
Facts About Child Abuse
Approximately 5 children die every day because of child abuse.
1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18.
90 percent of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way.
Most children become victims of abuse and neglect at 18 months or younger.
In 2010, 1,537 children died of abuse or neglect.
Boys and girls become victims at nearly the same rate.
3.6 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the U.S.
Abused and neglected children are 11 times more likely to engage in criminal behavior
as an adult.
About 80 percent of 21-year-olds who were abused as children met criteria for at least
one psychological disorder.
14 percent of all men and 36 percent of all women in prison were abused as children.
Abused children are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for
STDs. They’re also 25 percent more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
Child Abuse Myths
• Myth: Child abuse is rare.
• Fact: Between a quarter and a third of children will experience
assault before the age of 18.
• Myth: It is only abuse if it is violent.
• Fact: Child abuse also includes emotional abuse which can
have an impact on the child’s mental health.
• Myth: Children grow out of bad experiences in childhood.
• Fact: Adults are deeply affected by abuse and neglect in
childhood. It isn’t possible for the to just get over it.
Sometimes they even need support.
Types of Child Abuse
There are 4 types of child abuse:
• Physical Abuse- Any injury that is not an accident towards a child. Also a
physical injury that harms a child. Some examples of physical abuse are
hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, burning, pinching, hair pulling, biting,
choking, throwing, shoving, and whipping.
• Sexual Abuse- It includes sexual intercourse involving a child. The sexual
molestation of a child. It can involve sexually touching a child and nontouching as well. Any act that doesn’t involve touching can still be harmful
to the child’s well- being. Sexual abuse robs children of their childhood and
serious emotional problems. Many cases go unreported.
• Emotional abuse- Includes constant shaming and humiliating a child, calling
him names. Telling him or her that he in no good, worthless, or a mistake,
frequent yelling or bullying. In all, it can severely damage a child’s mental
• Neglect- Failing to provide for a child’s basic needs. That can include giving
them proper food, hygiene or supervision.
• James Moss-The 6-foot-2, 270-pound dad threatened to kill
the boy on May 12, 2010. Moss took Christopher to the
basement and ripped off his clothes. Then he pulled the boy
into the kitchen and used a spatula to beat him across his
back. The dad heated up two burners on the stove and held
the defenseless boy's hands on them until his skin began to
peel. Moss punched his son in the face and then forced him
into the oven. "I'm going to burn you alive!" Moss screamed
while his child begged to be freed. He eventually let
Christopher out of the oven, only to then toss him naked
outside the front door.
What Effects Does Abuse Have on
• Child abuse has both short and long term effects. Some short
term effects include; burns, cuts, bruises, bite marks, antisocial behavior, problems in school, and fear of adults.
• Some long term effects also include low-self esteem,
depression, relationship difficulties, trust issues, anxiety,
eating disorders, and attempts of suicide.
• They may also have behavioral effects like engaging in
criminal acts, teen pregnancy, low academic achievements,
drug use, and mental health problems.
Ways to Help A Child Being
• When you think a child is being abused you
have to talk to them with calmness and
reassurance, and unconditional support. Always
remember that talking to the child about the
abuse to them may be a scary for them.
• Avoid Denial and salvage
• Do not interrogate the child
• Make sure that the child knows that they did
• Their safety always comes first
• If you are being abused, please tell a safe person
• Make them feel comfortable talking to you or
any adult they want to