What is Child Abuse?

What is Child Abuse?

Child Abuse can be defined as a non-accidental injury or pattern of injuries to a child. Child abuse includes non-accidental:

  • Physical Abuse - Examples of physical abuse include, but are not limited to: beating, harmful restraint, use of a weapon or instrument, or actions that result in or could result in serious physical injury.
  • Sexual Abuse - Sexual abuse is any sexual behavior imposed on a juvenile. This involves a range of activities, including ¬†fondling the genital area, masturbation, oral sex, or vaginal or anal penetration by a finger, penis or other object. It includes exhibitionism, child pornography, and suggestive behaviors or comments.
  • Emotional Abuse - Emotional abuse is expressing attitudes or behaviors toward a child that create serious emotional or psychological damage.
  • Neglect -Child neglect can be defined as any serious disregard for a juvenile's supervision, care, or discipline.