Please Take a Moment to Read: Child Abuse Prevention Month #StopChildAbuse

Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child abuse is a topic that is near and dear to my heart; I’m a mom after all, and chances are that if you are reading this, you are a parent too, so I assume it is an important topic to you as well. So thank you for taking a moment to read this quick informational post.

OCTOBER IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

Do you know what to do if you suspect child abuse? Do you know the signs that may indicate that a child is falling victim to child abuse? I thought I had a general idea on both of these questions, but after looking into, I realized that I needed to know more. I assume I’m not alone in this realization; I want to share what I learned in an easy (and hopefully quick) format.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

We all share a responsibility to protect children and youth from harm – a responsibility that extends to those situations where children may be at risk, suffer abuse and/or neglect in their own homes. Ontario’s Child and Family Services Act provides protection for these children and youth.

TYPES OF ABUSE

Child abuse graphic

First, let’s take a quick look at the kinds of abuse we are talking about:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect

What is physical child abuse?

Physical abuse could result from a parent or person in charge causing physical injury to a child, or failing to adequately supervise a child or from a pattern of neglect of the child. Here are some examples of physical abuse:

  • beating
  • slapping
  • hitting
  • pushing
  • throwing
  • shaking
  • burning

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse happens when a parent or other person in charge sexually molests or uses a child for sexual purposes or knowingly fails to protect a child from sexual abuse. Here are some examples of sexual abuse:

  • any sexual act between an adult and a child, including intercourse
  • fondling
  • exposing a child to adult sexual activity
  • sexual exploitation through child prostitution or child pornography

What is emotional abuse?

Emotional abuse occurs when a parent or other person in charge causes emotional harm or fails to protect a child from emotional harm that results from verbal abuse, mental abuse and psychological abuse. Here are some examples of emotional abuse:

  • Yelling at, screaming at, threatening, frightening, or bullying a child
  • Humiliating the child, name-calling, making negative comparisons to others, or saying things like: “You’re no good. You’re worthless. You’re bad. Having you was a mistake.”
  • Showing little to no physical affection (such as hugs) or words of affection (praise or saying “I love you.”)
  • Saying that everything is the child’s fault.
  • Withdrawing attention, giving the child the “cold shoulder”
  • Confining a child in a closet or a dark room, or tying the child to a chair for long periods of time
  • Allowing the child to be present during violent behavior of others, including the physical abuse of others

What is neglect?

Neglect happens when a child’s parent or other person in charge does not provide for a child’s physical, developmental, emotional or psychological needs. Here are some examples of neglect:

  • failing to provide emotional support, love and affection
  • failing to provide:
    • proper food
    • clothing suitable for the weather
    • supervision
    • a home that is clean and safe
    • medical care, as needed

SIGNS OF ABUSE

Thanks for reading this far…I know it’s not pleasant material to read, but it is so very important to educate yourself on this topic…so let’s keep going.

Signs of Physical Abuse

Signs of Physical Abuse

Signs of Sexual Abuse

Signs of Sexual Abuse

Signs of Emotional Abuse

Signs of Emotional Abuse

Signs of Neglect

Signs of Neglect

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT ABUSE

Here is a quick video that will help you to learn more about what you should do if you suspect a child is victim to abuse. This video is relevant to Ontarioans. Your call could be the most important in a child’s life. This video explains why:

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Visit www.oacas.org

Thank you for reading this post to the end. Please help me to spread the word about Child Abuse Prevention month by sharing this post with your social networks. Together we can make a difference.

City Mom

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