physical abuse, child neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. Physical abuse is the infliction of physical injury by various methods, even if the perpetrator does not intend harm. Child neglect is the failure to provide for the child's basic needs and can be physical, educational, or emotional. Sexual abuse is the involvement of a child in any kind of sexual act, including prostitution or pornography; many believe this is the most underreported type of abuse. Emotional abuse is an act or omission that has caused or could cause, serious behavioral, cognitive, emotional, or mental disorders. These types of maltreatment often occur together within a family, though they can appear alone as well.
1974 - Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)1982 - celebration of the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week (June 6-12)1983 - proclamation of the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April)1989 - start of the first Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse2003 - National Child Abuse Prevention Initiative becomes a year-long effort2003 - Keeping Children and Families Safe ActToday - Family strengthening message promotes parenting and community support
Truly, child abuse is a menace that knows no borders. But its expanse can be contained by children who are more aware of their rights, by parents who give unconditional love to their kids and are more mindful of their responsibilities and by families bound by a common resolve to forge communities that are a haven to tomorrow's generations, the children of today's world.