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Types of Child Abuse – Sexual Child Abuse and Exploitation

Types of Child Abuse – Sexual Child Abuse and Exploitation Sexual Child Abuse and Exploitation Sexual abuse and exploitation is any sexual contact with a child or the use of a child for the sexual pleasure of someone else.  Sexual child abuse ranges from sexual harassment to sexual activity, inappropriate intimacy involving using a child for sexual purposes, as well ... Read More »

Abuse of Children with Disabilities

Abuse of Children with Disabilities Facts to Consider A recent American study found that caregivers abused children with disabilities 1.7 times more than children without disabilities. (1) Research in Canada suggests that the risk estimate of abuse of people with disabilities may be as high as five times greater than the risk for the general population. (2) Parents of children ... Read More »

The Economic Costs and Consequences of Child Abuse in Canada

The Economic Costs and Consequences of Child Abuse in Canada By: Audra Bowlus, Katherine McKenna, Tanis Day and David Wright; Report to the Law Commission of Canada; March 2003 Child abuse is a serious social problem which can take many forms. We include physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, neglect and witnessing violent behaviour in our definition of abuse. The literature ... Read More »

Reporting Child Abuse – Duty to Report

Reporting Child Abuse Duty to Report Duty to report is the most important of all child abuse laws. In Canada, if someone knows of or suspects that a child is being abused, that person has a legal obligation to report the known or suspected abuse. Failure to report can result in charges being laid, as well as a fine of ... Read More »

Child Abuse – Definition

Child Abuse – Definition The term “child abuse” refers to the violence, mistreatment or neglect that a child or adolescent may experience while in the care of someone they either trust or depend on, such as a parent, sibling, other relative, caregiver or guardian. It also refers to any form of physical, psychological, social, emotional or sexual maltreatment of a ... Read More »

Child Abuse

Child Abuse All children have the right to a safe and nurturing environment. Child abuse is considered to be a worldwide social problem and crises that needs to be addressed and stopped; although it has been widely condemned, it remains a persistent, non-diminishing threat. Child abuse is a complex problem and there are many different contributing factors (individual, familial, social). ... Read More »

5 Things You Need to Know About Child Abuse

5 Things You Need to Know About Child Abuse   1. Child Abuse Isn’t Just Hitting Child abuse is any treatment that isn’t in the best interest (either physically, psychologically or emotionally) of the child. This includes any physical harm, sexual act, neglect, verbal degradation or emotional or psychological harm. Abuse can be subjective per child; however, there are some ... Read More »

Child Abuse and the Law

Child Abuse and the Law Child Abuse Law (source: http://www.child-abuse-effects.com/child-abuse-law.html) The authority responsible for child abuse law in Canada rests with the federal government. In December, 1991, Canada signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As a ratified member, Canada is internationally accountable with regard to its universal legislation on the rights of children and ... Read More »

Statistic of Child Abuse

Statistic of Child Abuse Child Abuse Statistics (source: http://www.transitionhouse.ca/wrcev/ChildAbuse.htm) 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually abused before they reach the age of 18. In 75% of these cases, the abuser will be a family member or someone well known to the child. In 1996, family members were responsible for the majority of assaults against ... Read More »

Economic Cost of Child Abuse

Economic Cost of Child Abuse Prevention must be Proactive (source: http://www.child-abuse-effects.com/child-abuse-prevention.html) Child abuse prevention is a societal and governmental issue. Yes, prevention means intervention when suspected or known child abuse is taking place. When someone intervenes, the chances of preventing further abuse are greatly increased. But being reactive can’t be considered the answer. Child abuse prevention means taking steps to ... Read More »