Child abuse is everyone’s problem and it’s more common than you think. It affects children from every type of home, family, religion, race and culture. In most cases of abuse, the abuser is well known to the child – a family member, close relative or friend of the family.
Child abuse might be sexual, physical, emotional or neglect. Sometimes children are abused in more ways than one.
* Physical abuse is any physical injury done, non-accidentally, to a child by a parent or caregiver. Physical abuse endangers the child’s physical or emotional health or development. Shaking a baby is physical abuse.
* Emotional abuse includes constant yelling, threatening, scaring a child, belittling them or playing games with their emotions.
* Sexual abuse is when children (sometimes even toddlers and babies) are used in a sexual way by someone older. This includes everything from obscene exposure, touching the genitals in a sexual way, to rape. It doesn’t include normal sexual play between children of approximately the same age.
* Neglect is when children don’t have enough food, love or care. Neglected children may not get enough love and affection, they may not have enough to eat, their injuries may be left untreated, their clothes may not be warm enough, they may be dirty and at risk of infection, or they may be left alone. Neglect can be fatal. Children left unsupervised can die in house fires, be hit by cars or drown in baths or pools.
I am offended by the use of abuse considering the horrific death of
(this is just my personal view point as you have yours)