|| WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHILD ABUSE?
Physical Abuse includes beating, burning, biting, strangulation, and other violent actions that cause bodily harm.
Sexual Abuse is the use of a child for the sexual gratification of an adult. Rape, molestation, and incest are sexual abuse.
Emotional Abuse includes repeated and irrational criticism, insults, humiliation, and rejection.
Neglect is the failure to provide the basic physical needs of a child, including food, shelter, clothing, and medical care.
HOW DOES ABUSE HURT CHILDREN?
Broken bones, bruises, burns, and other physical scars are the visible effects of child abuse. But abuse and neglect harm more than the body. Abused children suffer emotionally, too. They can become addicted to drugs and alcohol or get in trouble with the law. In fact, a staggering number of criminals, prostitutes, and drug addicts were victims of child abuse. The crippling effects of abuse and neglect can linger long into adulthood, maybe even forever.
CAN CHILD ABUSE HAPPEN IN MY COMMUNITY?
Yes. Child abuse happens everywhere. It's a problem in big cities and small towns. Abuse and neglect cross all economic, social, religious, ethnic, and racial boundaries. Child abusers can be your friends, neighbors or relatives.
IS ABUSE USUALLY A ONE-TIME OCCURRENCE?
No. Abused children are usually victims of repeated instances of violence, fear, and pain. Sometimes the abusive behavior may last for a few months. In other cases it may continue for years. And the longer the abuse goes on, the more harm it does to the child.
WHAT TYPE OF PERSON ABUSES A CHILD?
Abusers aren’t always monsters. Most often, they’re ordinary people caught in stressful situations. They’re young mothers and fathers who are unprepared for the responsibilities of raising a child. They’re single parents overwhelmed by the double demands of earning a living and caring for their children. They’re normal people who need help - before they lash out at children in anger or frustration.
There are many reasons why some people have difficulty coping with the demands of parenthood. Child abuse and neglect occur in all segments of our society, but the risk is greater when parents are dealing with situations such as:
By helping parents who might be struggling with any of these challenges, you reduce the liklihood that their children will be abused or neglected. Reach out to the children, too, and show them you care.
- Economic, housing or personal problems
- Isolation from family and community
- Difficulty controlling anger or stress
- Physical or mental health issues
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Lack of interest in the care, nourishment or safety of their children
Anything you do to support parents and children can help reduce the stress that can lead to abuse & neglect.
ARE VICTIMS OF ABUSE LIKELY TO GROW UP TO BE ABUSERS?
Abused children are six times more likely to become abusive parents than children who aren’t abused. Like their mothers and fathers, they turn to violence and fear to discipline their children. They ignore or don’t understand the basic physical and emotional needs of their children. And chances are that this terrible legacy of abuse and neglect will continue for many generations if the problem is left untreated.
HOW CAN CHILD ABUSE BE STOPPED?
Ending child abuse and neglect is a complex challenge. No one comes to the task of parenting with ready-made knowledge and skills. Furthermore, parents who were victims of violence or neglect as children must find a way to break the cycle of abuse.
Prevention is the best way to end abuse and neglect - now and in the future. By stopping the abuse before it ever happens, we are protecting today’s children from the pain and fear of abuse. And we are breaking the cycle of abuse before another generation of youngsters suffers.
Prevention works. Support family strengthening programs in your community; the results last a lifetime.
It shouldn't hurt to be a child...
that's why we're working to stop the pain and fear of abuse - before it ever happens.
Your support of the KB101/KZY/Z99 Radiothon To End Child Abuse will help us keep children safe from harm.
Working together we CAN make a difference.