What is Neglect?

  • A failure to provide for a child’s basic needs.
  • Physical – food, shelter, supervision.
  • Medical – necessary medical or mental health needs.
  • Educational.
  • Emotional – inattention to a child’s emotional needs, failure to provide psychological care, or allowing the child to use alcohol or other drugs.

What is Physical Abuse?

  • Non-accidental physical injury.
  • Minor bruises to severe fractures or death – as a result of:
    • punching
    • beating
    • kicking
    • biting
    • shaking
    • throwing
    • stabbing
    • choking
    • hitting
    • burning

What is Sexual abuse?

  • The sexual exploitation of a child for the sexual gratification of an adult.
  • Activities by a parent or caretaker such as fondling a child’s genitals, penetration, incest, rape, sodomy, indecent exposure, and exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials.

What is Emotional abuse?

  • A pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth. This may include constant criticism, threats, or rejection, as well as withholding love, support, or guidance.

Effects of Child Abuse:

  • Issues with trust
  • Poor social skills
  • Aggression
  • Withdrawn/isolated
  • Poor problem solving skills
  • Stealing
  • Lying
  • Drug and alcohol abuse/use
  • Depression
  • Poor academic performance
  • Low levels of empathy
  • Post traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Criminal Behavior

Effects Associated with Sexual Abuse:

  • Age inappropriate sexual knowledge
  • Sexually acting out
  • Sexualized behaviors
  • Promiscuous
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Venereal disease
  • Difficulty developing and maintaining relationships
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