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What is Abuse?

Abuse takes many shapes and forms and is difficult to prosecute.

The four main types of Child Abuse are:

physical, sexual, psychological, and neglect. Neglect was the most common form of maltreatment. The cases were substantiated as follows: neglect 78.3%, physical abuse 17.6%, sexual abuse 9.2%, and psychological maltreatment 8.1%. In some cases, the statistics combined two or three of the common forms above.

By far the largest category was “neglect”. Often, in these cases, the primary problem is family poverty.

Today, corporal punishment of children by their parents remains legal in most countries, but in Western countries that still allow the practice there are strict limits on what is permitted. The first country to outlaw parental corporal punishment was SWEDEN. In Sweden, parents' right to spank their own children was first removed in 1966 and it was explicitly prohibited by law in July 1979.

How does Child Abuse Affect a Child's Health?

Child abuse can become extremely traumatic as the child has put their trust in adults and when abused their undeveloped minds go into a magical world to blank out the trauma,(this defense mechanism is called repression). Some children may not remember they have been abused until they reach adulthood and then a place, thing or action triggers those memories. Below are some of the potential child abuse effects on a child's psychological and physical health: