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Child Abuse: What it is and Your Responsibilities 
 
by Mary M. Alward August 16, 2005

Results of Physical Abuse

  • Having a difficult time establishing and maintaining intimate personal relationships.

  • Anxiety attacks, depression, frequent illness, problems at school or work.

  • Hypochondria

  • Alcohol or drug abuse.

  • Committing child abuse as an adult.

  • Difficulty with physical closeness, including touch, intimacy and trust.

Results of Sexual Abuse

  • A feeling of being unworthy.

  • Low self-esteem.

  • A tendency to prostitution.

  • Committing child abuse as an adult.

  • Personality disorders.

  • A distorted view of sex and sexuality.

  • Pedophilia.

  • Drug and alcohol abuse.

  • Tendency to want to be in control of all situations.

  • Tendency to remain in abusive relationships in adulthood.

  • Aggressive personality.

Signs of Child Abuse

People who have authority over children and young adults know the indicators of abuse and neglect. When any of these factors are present, the person should take appropriate measures immediately.

Behavioral Signs of Neglect

Behavioral signs of neglect are:

  • Showing little or no emotion when hurt

  • Fear or wariness of parents

  • Inappropriate age related sexual behaviors 

  • Alcohol or drug abuse at a very young age

  • Trying to be in control of every situation that involves them

Physical Signs of Neglect

  • Poor hygiene

  • Excessive bruises

  • Fractures

  • Burns

  • Bleeding from the vagina or anus

  • Sexually transmitted disease

  • When a child discloses that they have been abused. Young children do not lie about being hurt. If a child expresses that they have been hurt in some way, listen carefully and report the incident. The life you save, either physically or emotionally, could be a child’s.

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