What is child abuse and neglect?
Child abuse isn’t just about black eyes. While physical abuse is shocking due to the marks it leaves, not all child abuse is as obvious. Ignoring children’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, exposing them to sexual situations, or making them feel worthless or stupid are also forms of child abuse and neglect. Regardless of the type of abuse, the result is serious emotional harm. But there is help available. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, it’s important to speak out. By catching the problem as early as possible, both the child and the abuser can get the help they need. To start, it’s important to separate the myths from the facts about child abuse and neglect: