According to one report, almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4. Every ten seconds a report of child abuse is made. The same report shows that between 60-85% of child fatalities, due to maltreatment are not recorded. Not all death certificates show that the cause of death was child abuse.
Abuse comes in many different forms. To name a few, you have neglect, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, and physical abuse. Child neglect or abuse is a form of ill-treatment that shows a lack of natural affection. When parents fail to show this natural affection by acting in such a way, the effect on their child is damaging. How so?
Millions of children every year face physical mistreatment that leads to them being seriously injured or even killed. Children who are abused may face difficulties as they grow such as aggression, drug abuse, rebellious behavior, psychotic problems, delayed development, and alcohol abuse. Not surprising, they may even develop hatred toward the parent who abused them. Anger may even develop toward the parent who appeared to have let the abuse take place. So how can parents prevent this type of behavior from taking place in the home? How can you protect your children?
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Ways to Prevent Child Abuse
Being a good and successful parent can be a challenge, but it can be done. Neither television nor toys can replace you, the parent. Your child needs you! Take time out to educate yourself and your children. Here are some ways to make your home a safe haven:
- Know the signs of child abuse.
- Teach your children their private body parts and how these are not to be violated by anyone.
- Parents should know at all times where their children are and who they are with.
- Help your children to feel comfortable talking to you so that no secrets are kept about incidents or conversations that may have made them feel uncomfortable.
- Parents should be very careful when selecting someone who will be in charge of taking care of their children.
- Verbal abuse is just as damaging as physical. Try to use more positive words rather than speaking negative.
- Praise your children and look for the good in them.
Take the steps today to ensure that your home is a safe haven. Educate yourself and your children. If you suspect abuse is taking place in your home or outside your home, you should seek help immediately from the proper authorities. Oftentimes child abuse take place in the home by a loved one and this could lead to one feeling afraid or discouraged to speak out. Don't let that stop you! Abuse, if left in the dark, could mean someone's life.