Today's Guest Author is Sean Morris.
Child abuse comes in many different forms, but knowing the definition of child mistreatment, how to prevent it, and how to promote positive change can make all the difference for a family.
Abuse can be sexual, physical, or emotional in nature and can include neglect. Studies show that all of these can lead to adverse effects on children later in life, including substance abuse and other risk-taking behavior, social disorders, teenage pregnancy, anxiety, depression, and suicide, so it is important to stop the cycle as soon as possible. According to the CDC, mistreatment can include:
● Physical abuse, such as hitting, kicking, or shaking
● Neglect of any kind, including not meeting a child’s needs for food, shelter, clothing, or education
● Emotional abuse, such as shaming, threatening, or name-calling
● Sexual abuse, including physically abusing a child or exposing him/her to sex acts
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