Mar 312022
 

It Shouldn’t Hurt To Be A Child 

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness and inspire collective action, so that our country’s children can lead their best lives. No one, least of all a child, should have to suffer any kind of abuse. Unfortunately, there are 4.4 million referrals of child abuse in a given year. More shockingly, these reports involved 7.9 million children.

Understanding child abuse and neglect is the first step to ending the pain of these millions of kids suffering in our country. Child abuse, or child maltreatment, can be divided into three main categories: sexual, physical, and psychological.

What is Sexual abuse?
Sexual abuse involves pressuring or forcing a child to engage in sexual acts. It includes behaviors such as fondling, penetration, and exposing a child to other sexual activities.

What is Physical abuse?
Physical abuse is intentionally using physical force against a child, such as beating, kicking, hitting, stabbing, choking, burning, or punching, that can result in physical injury.

What is Psychological abuse?
Psychological abuse, also known as emotional abuse, refers to behaviors that harm a child’s self-worth or emotional well-being. This can include name calling, shaming, rejection, withholding love, and threatening.

Child abuse is not only surprisingly common, but also deadly. Five children die a day from child abuse. That’s 150 children who die every month, and over 1,800 who die every year.

By spreading awareness about this issue, you can prevent child abuse. 

SOS Illinois Participates in Child Abuse Prevention Month 2020 – SOS Children’s Villages Illinois

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (preventchildabuse.org)

National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Child Welfare Information Gateway

CAP month (preventchildabuseillinois.org)

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