Was it abuse?
- Neglect: Failure to give due attention/care to a child
causing emotional or physical harm
- Emotional: Verbal
attacks meant to demean a child impacting a child's self-worth and
- Physical: The use of intentional force against a
child resulting in injury or causing bodily harm
Any form of sexual conduct with a child (touching, intercourse, exploitation,
invitation to touching, etc)
What to do if you have been/are being abused?
The first step is to talk to another adult who you trust - this could be a
teacher, parent, family member, police officer, doctor or other adult who you trust deeply. These adults can help stop the abuse and get you on the healing path.
What is child abuse?
Child abuse refers to any form of physical, psychological, social, emotional or sexual maltreatment of a child whereby the survival, safety, self-esteem, growth and development of the child are endangered. There are four main types of child abuse: neglect, emotional, physical and sexual.
What if a child confides in you?
It is the responsibility of any adult or authority figure to help any child who
discloses any information to them about abuse.
Ensure you believe in the child so they don't shy away, listen with open ears and a calm demeanor, reassure the child about their safety with you, remind the child it is not their fault, do not make any promises, write down all the facts the child has told you, use the child's words - not your own, and finally contact the local police or Children's Protection Agency (CAS, CCAS, etc).
Remember it is not optional to report abuse if you are aware of it happening. If any child confides in you, you have the duty to report the abuse. Contact police or your local CPA immediately. Remember, the child may not think what is being done to them is wrong and may be trained into thinking that they shouldn't tell anyone.