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Myths and facts about child abuse and neglect

Myths and facts about child abuse and neglect (Source: http://helpguide.org/mental/child_abuse_physical_emotional_sexual_neglect.htm) 1.       Myth – It’s only abuse if it’s violent Fact – Physical abuse is just one type of child abuse. Neglect and emotional abuse can be just as damaging, and since they are more subtle, others are less  likely to intervene. 2.       Myth – Only bad people abuse their children ... Read More »

Reporting Child Abuse – Canada

Reporting Child Abuse – Canada Call Your Local Child Abuse Hotline, or Contact your local Child and Family Services Authority Delegated First Nations Agency Police What information will you need to provide? Your name and telephone number (all reports are confidential however you may choose to remain anonymous) How long have you known the child/family? What is your relationship to ... Read More »

Stages of Recovery for Child Abuse

Stages of Recovery for Child Abuse (Source: http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/incest/recovery.php) The information in this article is adapted from Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, a publication prepared by Thomas R. Wilen for the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence. This publication is copyright © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, ... Read More »

Child Abuse Disclosure

Child Abuse Disclosure Disclosing Sexual Abuse Is Critical Half of sexual abuse survivors wait up to five years before disclosing they were victimized, The number of victims who never reveal their secret or who wait many years to do so is very high,” says co-author Mireille Cyr. “This is regrettable because the longer they wait to reveal the abuse, the ... Read More »

Preventing Child Abuse –“Know the 10 Rules for Safety for Children and Teens”

Preventing Child Abuse –“Know the 10 Rules for Safety for Children and Teens” (Source: http://www.parentsformeganslaw.org/public/prevention_childSexualAbuse.html) Rule 1 – Know Who You Are & Where You Live Your child needs to know vital information that will help them and others if they are ever lost or missing. That information includes their first and last name, their phone number including area code, ... Read More »

Preventing Child Abuse – “Know the Red Flags”

Preventing Child Abuse – “Know the Red Flags” (Source: http://www.parentsformeganslaw.org/public/prevention_childSexualAbuse.html) With so many tricks clearly identified, you now may be seeing certain patterns of behavior emerging. You may also be able to detect a predator at the beginning stages of their grooming process – even before they have begun abusing; but you have to be very astute. This is an ... Read More »

Factors Contribute to Child Abuse

Factors Contribute to Child Abuse There is no single, definitive cause of child abuse, and any child – regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, cultural identity, socioeconomic status, spirituality, sexual orientation, physical or mental abilities or personality – may be vulnerable to being abused. Child abuse is a complex problem and there are many different contributing factors (individual, familial, social). ... Read More »

Who is a Child Abuse Victim

Who is a Child Abuse Victim A child who is being abused is usually in a position of dependence on the abuser. The power imbalance between the child and the abuser often increases the burden of disclosure. Why children do not report abuse Depending on their age and stage of development, a child may not be able to communicate what ... Read More »

Signs of Child Abuse

Signs of Child Abuse You can save a child’s life just by knowing the warning signs of child abuse. It is our responsibility as parents (caregivers, friends and family) to know and understand what child abuse are, the signs of child abuse and how to make certain that the children are receiving the love, care, and treatment that they deserve. ... Read More »

Who is a Child Abuser / Perpetrator

Who is a Child Abuser / Perpetrator Most perpetrators are known to both the victim and his/her family. S/he may be a well-respected member of the community, at any level of the social spectrum culturally, economically, or sexually. Sometimes the molestation occurs during a family gathering, amidst relatives and friends. The child may be sitting on the perpetrator’s lap, covered ... Read More »