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Protect children from abuse

What is Child abuse?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States defines child abuse as the group of acts that cause physical, moral, or psychological harm to children by either parent or caregiver.
Protecting children from abuse is very important, as I mentioned in Article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Child abuse varies from one family to another. It takes many forms, and therefore child abuse can be one type of abuse or multiple types of abuse. It also has effects on the child’s physical, psychological and mental development.

What are the types of child abuse?

Child abuse is divided into 3 main types:

Physical abuse

It is an abuse that can cause physical harm to a child, for example, beating, biting, burning, and others. Children of all ages are exposed to physical abuse, but this abuse is often repeated in infants and young children because they cannot express themselves.

Children face the risk of physical abuse due to psychological and health factors, which one of their parents or caregiver may be affected by, like work, life, or other problems.
Also, tantrums, toilet training, and other problems that a child may experience in its early stages raise the risk of being abused by parents or a caregiver.
According to the World Health Organization, three out of four children regularly suffer corporal punishment and psychological violence at the hands of parents or caregivers.

Sexual abuse

By harming or allowing harm to a child by a parent, caregiver, or any person. Sexual abuse includes rape, harassment, and sexual exploitation of a child by filming explicit videos or photos of him.
According to the World Health Organization, 120 million women under the age of twenty have experienced some form of forced sexual intercourse. Moreover, a woman in five and 1 in 13 men report being sexually assaulted as a child under the age of 17.

Emotional abuse and neglect

Through words and phrases that harm the child and mistreat him emotionally and psychologically. This abuse poses a danger to the child’s psychological life. It is considered one of the most serious types of violations, as it tends to last for a long time.
In addition, neglecting the child by not meeting his essential needs such as food, housing, clothing, education, health care, etc…

 

Caring for children is the responsibility of parents, caregivers, and everyone around the child. To conclude, great importance must be given to taking care of the child and avoiding his ill-treatment, whether intentional or unintentional. Child Appeal Charity is working on protecting children at all levels, including poor children, orphans, and refugees.

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