Child Abuse And Neglect Of Children

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Child Abuse and Neglect Child abuse and neglect refers to any way in which someone harms a child. It also includes neglecting to protect a child from harm, potential harm, or allowing a child to witness violence or abuse to others. Harm to the child may or may not be intended. Children of abuse often have no one to turn to for help. Children often feel shame about their abuse or fear their abuser. The abuser may have threatened the child if he or she tells anyone about the abuse. It is up to adults around children who are abused to protect the child. Seek help immediately if your child is being abused, if a child you know shows signs of abuse and neglect, or if you see anything that does not seem right. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT? • Physical abuse. This includes rough handling, threats with a weapon, throwing objects, pushing, grabbing, hitting, slapping, kicking, and improper use of restraints or medicines. • Sexual abuse. This involves sexual contact that is forced or tricked. • Emotional and psychological abuse. This includes verbal attacks, rejection, humiliation, intimidation, social isolation, or threats that belittle or create fear, distress, and anxiety. • Neglect. This is a caregiver’s failure or refusal to meet the needs of a child. This can include not providing food, shelter, clothing, means for personal hygiene, medical and dental care, education, supervision, or social stimulation. Neglect can also mean complete
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