Child Abuse Awareness Month
There are many different types of child abuse. Knowing the signs may help you save a child’s life.
Neglect, the most common form of abuse, is the constant failure to meet a child’s basic needs. In addition, these children may be put in danger or not protected. Signs of neglect include a child who is left without:
A clean environment
The effects of neglect include:
can lead to delinquent activity.
According to The National Institute of Justice, 80% of the current prison population was a product of childhood neglect.
Emotional abuse is characterized by subjecting a person to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Moreover, this form of abuse is one of the most difficult kinds of to detect.
Signs of emotional abuse includes:
Attacking self worth
Withholding affection as a form of punishment
A child who has been emotionally abused often presents as:
Either extremely hyper or exceptionally withdrawn
Having an overwhelming compulsion to people please in order to gain affection from others.
Physical abuse is one of the easier types of maltreatment to spot. Unfortunately, many adults physically hurt children in places that can be covered up by clothing.
Signs of physical abuse includes:
Forcing children to work against their will
Imposing the use of drugs or alcohol
Withholding attention as needed
The consequences of physical abuse can lead a child to become potential abusers. As a result, many children who are victims will not understand how to safely and productively express anger. This will leave them in a state of confusion and disrepair, which often leads to anxiety and depression.
Sexual abuse is to demand, force, or coerce a child to perform sexual acts. It also includes:
Watching/participating in pornography
Exposing private parts
Masturbating in front of
Speaking to a child in a sexually perverse fashion
Sex trafficking is also a form of child sexual abuse that we often hear about throughout our society on a daily basis. According to RAINN, 93% of children under the age of 18 who are sexually abused know their perpetrator.
The aftermath of sexual abuse is almost always complete devastation for a child. Many children who have experienced sexual abuse exhibit signs of:
Post traumatic stress
For more information about abuse or any other mental health issue, we are here for you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to Amy Wine Counseling Center at 832.421.8714, we are all in this together!