Child Abuse And Its Effects On Children

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Every year over 3 million reports of child abuse are made involving more than 6 million children. The United States has one of the worst records of child abuse losing 4-7 children a day to the abuse. Abuse is when any behavior or action that is used to scare, harm, threaten, control or intimidate another person. Child abuse is a behavior outside the norms of conduct and entails substantial risk of causing physical or emotional harm. There are four main types of child abuse; physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.


Physical abuse is one of the most common form of child abuse. Defined as non-accidental trauma or physical injury caused by punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning or otherwise harming a child, physical abuse is the most visible form of child Abuse. Children who are physically abused can develop child traumatic stress. They are also at risk for depression and anxiety. How can you tell if someone you know is being physically abused? Well physical abuse comes with some symptoms you can look for.
Any injury to a child who is not crawling yet
Visible and severe injuries injuries at different stages of healing
On different surfaces of the body
Unexplained or explained in a way that doesn’t make sense
Distinctive shape
Frequency, timing and history of injuries (frequent, after weekends, vacations, school absences)
There are also some signs that the abuser has. The abuser may seem to dislike the child by
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