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Child Abuse

Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. 28.3% of adults report being physically abused as a child, 20.7 of adults report being sexually abused as a child and 10.6% of adults report being emotionally abused as a child. (From www.childhelp.org)

Child abuse is defined as a variety of harmful behaviors directed against children. It can take many forms. Child abuse in general is a psychological problem or perversion of the abuser. The abuser is referred to as the perpetrator of abuse.

Child abuse includes the following conditions:

  • Child sexual abuse
  • Pedophilia
  • Physical abuse
  • Child neglect
  • Emotional neglect and abuse
  • Failure to thrive
  • Munchausen by proxy syndrome – a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caretaker. In MBPS, an individual — usually a parent or caregiver — deliberately misleads others (particularly medical professionals), and may go as far as to actually cause symptoms in the child through poisoning, medication, or even suffocation.

Click on the links below for more information on Child Abuse:

National organizations:
National Childrens Alliance
Prevent Child Abuse
National Child Abuse Coalition

Our local organization: Gulf Coast Kids House

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