To Report Abuse
Call 1-800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873)

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Child abuse consists of any act, or failure to act that endangers a child’s physical or emotional health and development. Someone is abusive if they fail to nurture the child, physically injure the child, or relate sexually to the child.

The four major types of child abuse are:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect

To recognize abuse, look for the following:

  • Heightened fear or anxiety
  • Increased tearfulness or crying
  • Changes in appetite
  • Irritability, anger, mood changes
  • Withdrawal from usual activities and friends
  • Isolation
  • Changes in sleeping patterns such as nightmares, bedwetting, fear of going to bed, fear of sleeping alone
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Clinging to parents or other caregivers
  • Aggressiveness
  • Rebelliousness
  • Unusual interest or knowledge of sexual acts and language
  • Acting out sexual behavior or excessive masturbation
  • Change in school performance such as lower grades, poor concentration, short attention span, loss of interest in school activities

Children react differently to abuse depending on age, extent of abuse, support from others, and their relationship with the offender.  The single most important factor affecting a child’s recovery is the level of support they receive from caregivers.

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