Child abuse can be best described as the mistreatment of any child. "Child abuse consists of any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child's physical or or emotional health and development (CHILD HELP)." When people across the country think of child abuse, one of their first thoughts is that child abuse only comes in the form of being physical. However, child abuse can happen in many different ways, such as physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, abandonment and emotional and substance abuse. To view a more detailed list of what each type of abuse may entail, please view the following article.
The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Although child abuse remains a huge part of society, April was chosen back in 1983 by Congress as Child Abuse Prevention Month. During this time frame, many people and organizations support this cause by hosting awareness activities around the country. Regardless of where you live across the world, child abuse is wrong and destroys lives. If you or someone you know has or is currently a victim of child abuse, never be afraid nor ashamed to speak out. For additional resources, please view the information below:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & HELP
- DEFINITIONS OF CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT
- RECOGNIZING, PREVENTING AND REPORTING
- INTERNATIONAL HOTLINES
- IMPACT OF CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT
- HOW TO REPORT SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE
- TOLL FREE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINES (USA ONLY)
- SURVIVING THE MEMORIES, INTERNATIONAL HOTLINES INCLUDED
"Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
— Proverbs 19:15 (KJV)."