Child abuse consists of any act, or failure to act, that endangers a child’s physical or emotional health and development. Someone is abusive if he or she fails to nurture the child, physically injures the child, or relates sexually to the child.
The four major types of child abuse are:
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
Reporting Saves Lives.
You may be afraid to report child abuse due to possible repercussions to the child or yourself. Be relieved to know that:
- Child abuse will be confirmed before the child is removed from the home. An investigation will take place before a child is removed from the home and placed in safe care.
- Reporting is anonymous; therefore, the child abuser cannot find out who made the report.
Remember that suspected child abuse is sufficient reason to make a report to authorities. You do not need proof. Your call may save the life of a child. If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, please call: 1-800-252-2873 (1-800-25-ABUSE).