- More than 25 times more likely under the Endangerment Standard.
- More than 44 times more likely to be neglected, by either definitional standard.
- Over 22 times more likely to be seriously injured using either definitional standard.
- 60 times more likely to die from maltreatment under the Harm Standard.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is child abuse?
Child abuse is any form of physical harm, emotional deprivation, sexual mistreatment, or neglect, which can result in injury or psychological damage to a child. It can be active (such as hitting) or passive (such as withdrawal of affection or failure to provide reasonable protection from physical abuse. In other words, when children are made to suffer pain, either emotionally or physically, they are being abused
The term 'child' is someone who has not reached the age of 18; or (except in the case of sexual abuse) the age specified by the child protection law of the State in which the child resides.
There are four major types of child abuse.
The inflicting of physical injury upon a child. This may include, burning, hitting, punching, shaking, kicking, beating, or otherwise harming a child. The parent or caretaker may not have intended to hurt the child, the injury is not an accident. It may, however, been the result of over-discipline or physical punishment that is inappropriate to the child's age.
The inappropriate sexual behavior with a child. It includes fondling a child's genitals, making the child fondle the adult's genitals, intercourse, incest, rape, sodomy, exhibitionism and sexual exploitation. To be considered child abuse these acts have to be committed by a person responsible for the care of a child (for example a baby-sitter, a parent, or a daycare provider) or related to the child. If a stranger commits these acts, it would be considered sexual assault and handled solely be the police and criminal courts.
The failure to provide for the child's basic needs. Neglect can be physical, educational, or emotional. Physical neglect can include not providing adequate food or clothing, appropriate medical care, supervision, or proper weather protection (heat or coats). It may include abandonment. Educational neglect includes failure to provide appropriate schooling or special educational needs, allowing excessive truancies. Psychological neglect includes the lack of any emotional support and love, never attending to the child, spousal abuse, drug and alcohol abuse including allowing the child to participate in drug and alcohol use.
(Also known as: verbal abuse, mental abuse, and psychological maltreatment) Includes acts or the failures to act by parents or caretakers that have caused or could cause, serious behavioral, cognitive, emotional, or mental disorders. This can include parents/caretakers using extreme and/or bizarre forms of punishment, such as confinement in a closet or dark room or being tied to a chair for long periods of time or threatening or terrorizing a child. Less severe acts, but no less damaging are belittling or rejecting treatment, using derogatory terms to describe the child, habitual scapegoating or blaming.
National Child Abuse Organization - toll free (800)
422-4453 or (800) 4-A-CHILD|
Child Abuse Prevention Network
National Directory of Hotlines and Crisis Intervention Centers
Children ARE Worth Saving
Child Abuse: Statistics, Research, & Resources
Prevent Child Abuse America
Father Flanagan's Boys Home (Boys Town)
Joshua's Law - Online Petition
Effects of Child Sexual Abuse
International Child Abuse Network
Registered Child Abusers
National Sex Offender Registry - Family Watchdog
Children, who are in domestic violence homes/another form of child abuse
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