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Child Abuse

Child abuse and child neglect can come from a child's parents, guardians, teachers, health providers or other adults who have access to the child.  Child abuse can be either physical, such as hitting, slapping, sexual acts, malnutrition or burning, or it can be psychological, such as sexual contact, confinement, ignoring or bullying.

Child neglect is a form of child abuse resulting from a neglecting the normal and necessary needs of a child.  Child neglect can include not providing needed medical attention or medication, not providing proper nourishment, not allowing for normal child development, not providing a sanitary environment, not providing an adequate education, not providing for normal needs, not providing any special needs the child may have, etc.

Abuse or neglect is not confined just to poor families or single parents. It occurs across all classes of society and can happen in the nicest of homes.  A child who is subjected to abuse is more likely to abuse his or her children as an adult.

Child abuse is a serious crime and, if it is suspected, it should be reported to your State's child services agency immediately.

A child may not express that he or she is being abused to others.  Therefore, it is important to be aware of the symptoms that child abuse is occurring.  The following may be signs of child abuse and should be investigated if they are seen in a child:

  • Excessive or persistent bruising
  • Scars or burns
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Appearance of promiscuity
  • Preoccupation with sex
  • Fear of parents or guardian
  • Violence or aggressiveness
  • Speech problems
  • Extreme shyness
  • Uncleanliness or unkempt
  • Unhealthiness
  • Signs of lice or fleas
  • Stunted emotional growth
  • Lack of energy
  • Extremely thin
  • Appearance of influence of drugs
  • Rarely seen outside of home or school

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Australia Child Abuse Inquiry Finds Aposserious Failingsapos BBC News
BBC News Australia child abuse inquiry finds 39serious failings39 BBC News A five year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had quotseriously failedquot to protect children. The royal commission, Australia39s highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from Australian Catholic leaders reject key calls by child abuse inquiryCNN Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacyABC News Australian child abuse inquiry calls for Vatican reformFinancial Times Reuters New York Post New York Times all 182 news articles raquo

Family Of Exchurch Member Denies Claims Of Childhood Abuse ABC News
Family of ex church member denies claims of childhood abuse ABC News Family members of a man who broke with a controversial church based in rural North Carolina have released a video disputing that he was physically and emotionally abused throughout his childhood in the sect. The Associated Press published a story and more raquo

NC Couple Charged With Biting Their Children And Hitting Them With Extension ...
News Observer NC couple charged with biting their children and hitting them with extension cords News Observer A Cumberland County couple was charged Tuesday for allegedly biting and beating two of their three children, according to local news reports. Tevin McDonald and Natasha Forrest were charged Tuesday with two counts each of intentional child abuse and more raquo

Child Abuse: UNICEF Wants Govt To Strengthen Probation Officers To Curb Vice ...
New Vision Child abuse: UNICEF wants govt to strengthen probation officers to curb vice New Vision The Government has been asked to strengthen offices and services of district welfare and probation officers because they are critical in curbing child abuse and neglect in local communities. The call was made as part of the 16 days of activism by Ms

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