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Transcript of Child Abuse
I don't love you!
You'll never be anything in life
Why were you even born!
I hate you!
You never do
What is child abuse?
Failure to properly care for a child or harming the child either emotionally or physically
Contrary to the old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” words can and do hurt and can have a lifelong effect on a child.
Definition of emotional abuse:
Patterns of behavior that seriously interferes with a child's emotional, psychological or social development.
non-accidental trauma or physical injury caused by punching, beating, kicking, , burning or harming a child, physical abuse is the most visible form of child abuse.
Injuries can occur accidentally when a child is playing, physical abuse should be suspected if the reason for the injury does not make sense or sound reasonable.
Physical Abuse What to Look For
Things to look for :
Marks on the child’s face, head, back, chest
Wounds like human bite marks
Missing hair may indicate abuse.
You Won't Achieve Anything In Life
You Were A Mistake
Failing to respond to a child's basic needs such as clothing, shelter or hygiene.
A report of child abuse is made every ten second
Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
Children who experience child abuse & neglect are 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.
Physical Abuse cont.
Who Can Help?
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD
Opened 24 hours a day 7 days a week
Can assist in 170 different languages and calls remain anonymous and confidential
Help with recognizing signs of child abuse
Connect you to best resources in your area
Offer counselors to talk to
Neglect What To Look For:
Some common signs of child neglect are:
Malnourishment or weight loss
Filth or bad smell in the home
Infestation (ex. lice, fleas, roaches)
Need medical and dental care
Difference between Child Abuse vs. Child Discipline
Children are children. They will be loud, disrespectful, obnoxious and disobedient, but trying to correct their behavior is never okay through violence. Studies have shown it is sometimes more effective to take away a child's privileges such as computer time or television time.