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1 What is Child Abuse By definition child abuse is the deliberate and willful injury of a child by a caretaker hitting beating with an object slamming against a wall even killing It involves active hostile aggressive treatment The key word in the definition of child abuse is deliberate Why would anyone physically harm a child The physical destruction of a child is the extreme reaction of parents to the stress of having children Most people are not aware of the fact that deliberately hitting a child is considered a felony in all fifty states Abuse of children is more common than most people realize At least one out of five adult women and one out of every ten adult men report having been abused in childhood Recognizing child abuse in its several forms is a twentieth century phenomenon Child abuse is also more likely to be recognized in economically developed countries than in other parts of the world Children have been beaten and abandoned for centuries based primarily on the belief that children are the property of their parents By educating yourself and your children about abuse you can help prevent it from happening to your children and better cope with it if it does Child 6 There are four different forms of child abuse They are physical abuse child beating and neglect sexual abuse incest and exploitation such as child pornography Physical abuse occurs when a caretaker deliberately beats the child Some examples of 2 physical abuse include burning with a cigarette striking a child and scalding with hot water According to social agencies beatings of children have been multiplying over the past twenty-five years or so The increasing number of reports could mean that in recent years social workers health professionals and other experts have become better able to recognize cases of mistreatment Some 60000 cases of abuse are
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