Child Abuse

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This chart shows there are many different kinds of child abuse that occur daily including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, medical neglect and psychological maltreatment. Many people think that the only kind of abuse is physical, but the other types are often equally important, if not more so.

This chart shows there are many different kinds of child abuse that occur daily including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, medical neglect and psychological maltreatment. Many people think that the only kind of abuse is physical, but the other types are often equally important, if not more so.

Child abuse has always been a common problem all over the world, but the amount of children that are abused is constantly increasing.

“The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations, losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect,” said Child Help, a child abuse prevention website.  

As most children look forward to their parents coming home everyday, some are out there wishing they did not have to deal with the dread of their guardians returning home, not knowing what they might do to them.

Some kids complain daily about having to go to school, but what people do not know is that there are kids out there that use school as their safe place, and sometimes even that gets ripped away from them.

Abused children are often far too young to stick up for themselves and are far too scared to do anything about what is going on at home, let alone telling someone.

NSPCC, another child abuse prevention website, interviewed a female victim of child abuse named Charley.

“I felt very isolated and did not know who to tell. I was kept a prisoner in the house; the only time I could go out was to go to school, so school became my sanctuary,” Charley said. “But he often kept me out of school to abuse me while my mum was at work.”

Normally, others would not know if the child were abused because these children often hide the fact that they are harmed, due to threats upon them or their loved ones. For example, Charley’s step dad threatened her on a regular basis after he abused her.

“Afterwards he told me not to tell anyone. He said ‘Your mum won’t believe you, and if you do tell her I will kill you,’” Charley said.

Child abuse is a cruel and disgusting experience for anyone to have to live through. Being aware of this abuse and getting these children help is necessary to end child abuse, and make the lives of all children and their families healthier.

According to Mayo Clinic, some signs of physical abuse are “unexplained injuries, such as bruises, fractures or burns” and “injuries that don’t match the given explanation.” If you are a friend or loved one of a child in an abusive situation dial (1-800) 4-A-Child to get them the help they need and deserve.

If you or anyone you know begins suspecting that someone is being abused, the best thing to do is report it to the authorities.