What Is Abuse?

When a group stands behind a cause, most of the information shared is what the organization does and statistics that support why it’s important. Being well-informed has a positive impact when trying to expand the support of your organization, but one thing missing is there aren’t typically extravagant details about what is actually considered abuse.

This may seem obvious, which I admittedly thought at first, then when I looked into the laws covering abuse, physical abuse was only one part, and since there have been many cases on whether a parent’s actions fall under abuse, we could all use a little insight into how many actions we might pass as okay, but are illegal in actuality. 

Physical abuse:

Includes any form of physical harm, hitting, pushing, slapping, burning, throwing objects, throwing the child, shaking, etc. Physical abuse can seem self explanatory, but it’s good to question everything. Knowledge is power and helpful coinciding with a sensitive, gruesome position endured by a youth.

Sexual abuse:

Any form of fondling or invasion of body privacy and exploitation of the child to perform sexual acts, as well as forcing them to watch any type of sexual act. This can also be done entirely online, from pictures to how a person speaks to the child.

Emotional Child Abuse:

This is categorized as putting the child down, making them feel bad about themselves, insulting them and their worth, extreme punishments, and any psychological maltreatment.

Neglect:

Ignoring a child, not giving attention to medical needs, not providing shelter or food, not showing or expressing the love and support to a child, failure to provide education, and lack of hygiene.

All of these can have long lasting affects on a child, from behavior issues to drug use and criminal acts. Children can develop psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety that never go away. It’s important to know the types of abuse because there’s so much pain caused by such actions.

*Information summed up from Healthyplace.com.