One of the fast emerging criminal type of cases is related to child abuse. A few years back, one would have found it hard to imagine that child abuse does exist. In the recent years, there has been a considerable increase in cases related to child abuse. Not just in United States, but thousands of children, all over the world, are begin abused according to the child abuse statistics. One should look out for signs of child abuse as it can help save a child from the sufferings. If you are a teacher, social activist, grandparent, aunt, uncle, elder sibling, family friend or even an acquaintance; it is important to watch out for the warning signs of child abuse.
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The child is ignored as a punishment and given frequent silent treatments. Some people abuse other siblings or pets in front of the child, emotionally hurting the child.
Medical abuse is the one when the parent or caregiver fails to provide the child with the necessary medical treatments. This includes failure to take the child for immunizations, visit to the doctor when ill, not providing the child with the required medications, etc.
Neglect is the type of child abuse where the basic requirements of the child are not fulfilled. This includes failure to provide the child with proper clothes, food, hygiene and giving the child all the attention and care he/she needs. These child do not display any visible signs of child abuse, but tend to suffer from mental and emotional pain.
Educational abuse is the one when the parent or caregiver does not send the child to school or does not provide the child with the special education if required. The child's educational need are overlooked and the child has to suffer due to this neglect.
One of the most commonly observed signs of child abuse is physical trauma. The child may begin to have more fractures than other children. Bruises are commonly observed, so are swelling and inflammation of muscles. Bleeding from wounds, bite marks, shaking or hitting are common signs of physical abuse. This abuse may lead to temporary or permanent disfigurement or disability on the child. In extreme cases of abuse, it may lead to death.
One of the most pervert and horrific scenarios can be sexual abuse in children. Sexual abuse is more often an hidden abuse as it is not possible to see the tell tale signs of this monstrous act. Sexual abuse is not always related to having a sexual intercourse. But, it can also include fondling, indecent exposure, making the child see sexually suggestive pictures and videos, etc. You can read in detail about a few signs of child molestation.
What are the Signs of Child Abuse
Each types of child abuse will show some signs in children indicating the suffering. It is very important that as an responsible member of the society, one keeps an eye and understands the various warning signs of child abuse and neglect. The following list will cover the warning signs of child abuse and neglect according to the type of abuse.
Physical Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
The child suffers from unexplained bruises, burns or black eyes
Frequently suffers from bone fractures
The child remains absent from school for long periods
Fading bruises or marks of trauma on the child's body
The child avoids the parents or caregivers
Does not like going home after school
Is frightened when approached by adults
Parents give conflicting explanations for the injuries
Parents or caregivers have a history of child abuse themselves
Begins to have problems in school with grades and other children