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Child Abuse

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Giselle Laurino

on 16 June 2014

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Transcript of Child Abuse

What is Child Abuse?
Child abuse can be physical, psychological, social, emotional or sexual maltreatment of a child by which the survival, safety, self-esteem, growth and development of the child are endangered caused by the mistreatment of a parent, guardian or a trusted adult.
Types and signs of Child Abuse
There are four main types of abuse; Neglect, emotional injury, physical abuse and sexual abuse.
Emotional Abuse
is a verbal attack on the child's self-worth

Child Abuse
"Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime"
is failure to provide appropriate basic needs for child. Some
physical signs
that can indicate a child possibly going through neglect would be...
Poor hygiene
Inappropriate clothing (seasonal)
Medical or dental problems
Underweight or dehydrated
Behavioral signs...
Demand constant attention
Non involved parents
Poor school attendance
Obvious lack of energy
Constantly hungry
Bed wetting
Disruptive behaviour
physical signs
that indicate a child is being emotionally abused are...
Behavioral signs...
Passive or shy
Episodes of aggressive behaviors
Shows anxiety
Speech delays
Trouble learning
Constantly apologizing
Physical abuse
is the intentional use of force against a child which results in trauma or injury to any part of the body.
physical signs
that indicate a child is being emotionally abused are...
Unexplained bruises or wounds
Scars in a regular pattern
Bruises in the shape of an object
Unexplainable burns or bite marks
Behavioral signs...
Defensive about injuries
Low self esteem
Fear of adults
Not able to make friends
Reluctant to undress around others
Not show any reaction to pain
Nervous when others cry
Run away
Sexual abuse
is any form of inappropriate exposure of a child to sexual contact.

physical signs
that can indicate a child being sexually abused are...
Have a STI
Pregnant at a young age
Genital infections
Pain when urinating
Problems sitting or walking
Behavioral signs...
Masturbate compulsively
Substance abuse
Poor hygiene or bathe excessively
Display inappropriate sexual behavior with others
Strawberry kisses
Excessive sexual knowledge
Discipline VS Abuse
"The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience."
Demonstrates love and affection
Teaches child right from wrong
Teaches child how to make healthy choices
Prepares child for independence
Based on a balance of power and mutual respect
Does not involve humiliation
Demonstrates anger
Makes child listen
Involves humiliation
Caregiver has all the power
Child is given no respect
Teaches child that decisions are only made by caregiver
31 % of males and 21 per cent of females experienced physical abuse during childhood
In 2003, neglect was the most common form of child maltreatment reported to social workers in Canada
85 % per cent of child sexual abuse victims know their sexual abusers
One-third of youth in Toronto had experienced severe physical or sexual abuse or both
In 2005, UNICEF estimated that between 133–275 million children worldwide are exposed to violence in the family
Preventing Child Abuse
Get involved
Know the signs
Learn the facts and understand the risks... 1 in
4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will have been sexually abused by their eighteenth birthday. 22% of abused children are under 8 years old.
Support prevention programs... C
hild abuse and neglect prevention program. Red Cross
Minimize opportunity for child to be alone with an adult...
If can't refrain from doing so than drop in unexpectedly. Moniter internet use
Know who to trust...
Abusers are usually not strangers
Report abuse...
National child abuse hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD
Discipline child thoughtfully...
Never discipline child based on your emotions
Raise public awareness
Be patient
Teach children their rights
Relating Child Abuse
To The Course
Through out the course we learned various techniques and strategies that are used when parenting a child. The methods that are presented to us are supposed to teach us at a young age the right way to parent. It is ultimately fundamental and extremely important for children to receive positive role models in order to thrive as functioning adults in society. It is known that human personality is built within the first 5 years of life, therefore it is crucial for human growth, that children succeed in this time frame. Any negative impact can severely impose a human growth development and has been known to cause profound personality conflict within themselves. It is imperative that basic human, emotional and physical needs are met within this time frame.
In conclusion, parents or guardians raising children should take the necessary steps to make sure their child's physical and emotional needs are met. Society has developed many tools to help parents properly raise their children. There are many support groups in place to help those whom are victims of abusers, as well as for the abusers themselves. Child abuse is a criminal offense that can not be taken lightly by any means. Society should report any form of child abuse weather it is light or severe. Child abuse is not accepted.
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