Presentation on theme: "Lets stop the chain of Pain NOW"— Presentation transcript:
1 Lets stop the chain of Pain NOW Child AbuseLets stop the chain of Pain NOW
2 What is Child Abuse?It can be defined as causing or permitting (passive abuse) any harmful or offensive contact to a person under the age of 18's body; and/or Any communication or transaction which humiliates, shames, or frightens the person.
3 Facts about Child Abuse NY State DURING 2006 About 76,000 children were abused or neglected (approximately 16.9 of every 1,000 children).62 Children are known to have died as a result of child abuse and neglect.1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 181 in 7 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18
4 Four TYPES of abuse Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Emotional Abuse (Physical) Neglect
5 Physical Abuse Definition Signs or Behavioral indicators The infliction of physical injury upon a childSigns or Behavioral indicatorsUnexplained bruises (in various stages of healing)Unexplained burnsSwollen areasSelf destructive behaviorBizarre explanation of injuriesInappropriate clothing for the season
6 Sexual Abuse Definition Signs or Behavioral indicators The inappropriate sexual behavior with a child – this may include non-touching; obscene language and exposure to pornography. Touching, fondling, molesting and oral sex.Signs or Behavioral indicatorsDifficulty walking or sittingExcessive weight changeSuicide AttemptsThreatened by physical contact
7 Emotional Abuse Definition Signs and Behavioral indicators Includes acts or the failure to act by parents or caretakers that have caused or could cause, serious behavioral emotional or mental disorders.DefinitionSigns and Behavioral indicatorsSpeech disordersDelayed physical developmentHabit disorder (sucking thumb, rocking or biting)Passive or Aggressive behavior to the extremeSubstance abuse
8 Neglect Definition Signs or Behavioral Indicators The failure to provide for the child’s basic needs – both physical and emotional.Signs or Behavioral IndicatorsDirtyHungryOverly sensitiveSelf destructive
9 Who are abusers?In 80% of the cases of physical abuse, emotional abuse or neglect, the abusers are the birth parentsIn 90% of cases of sexual abuse, the child is familiar with the abuser (a family member or even a friend of the family)
10 Where could a person go for help? At schoolA teacher you trustYour guidance councilorThe nurseOr anybody elseIn the communityYour pediatricianThe policeChild Protective ServicesNational Child Abuse and Neglect
11 How do you respond to someone disclosing abuse to you? ListenDo not interruptPauseDo not ask to many questions at firstReassureDo not act shockedBelieveI believe youBe honestTell the person that you can not keep a secretSeek helpIf you do not know who may help – get help
12 How do we prevent the “cycle effect”? Educate every person who deals with children to what child abuse isEducate children what child abuse isOffer support to adults who are abusersReport child abuse
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