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Tuesday, 02 April 2013 00:00

Five Facts You Should Know About Child Abuse

MYTH #1: 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. .

MYTH #2: Only bad people abuse their children.
Fact: While it's easy to say that only "bad people" abuse their children, it's not always so black and white. Not all abusers are intentionally harming their children. Many have been victims of abuse themselves, and don’t know any other way to parent. Others may be struggling with mental health issues or a substance abuse problem.

MYTH #3: Child abuse doesn't happen in “good” families.
Fact: Child abuse doesn't only happen in poor families or bad neighborhoods. It crosses all racial, economic, and cultural lines. Sometimes, families who seem to have it all from the outside are hiding a different story behind closed doors.

MYTH #4: Most child abusers are strangers.
Fact: While abuse by strangers does happen, most abusers are family members or others close to the family

MYTH #5: Abused children always grow up to be abusers.
Fact: It is true that abused children are more likely to repeat the cycle as adults, unconsciously repeating what they experienced as children. On the other hand, many adult survivors of child abuse have a strong motivation to protect their children against what they went through and become excellent parents.

Information courtesy of HelpGuide.org

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0 #1 Shelia Peltzer 2012-05-01 21:59
Women aged 20-49 are twice as likely as men to be perpetrators of child maltreatment (Health & Human Services). Fatherless children are at dramatically greater risk of suicide (Florida International University, 2009). Mothers accounted for 55% of all child murders (Justice Dept.). Research shows the most likely physical abuser of a young child will be that child's mother (Fagan & Hanks of the Heritage Foundation). "Allegations of abuse are now used for tactical advantage in custody cases." (Elaine Epstein, pres. of MA Women's Bar Assoc.)
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