VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

 

 

What is Child Abuse?

 

The term "child abuse" refers to the violence, mistreatment or neglect that a child or adolescent may experience while in the care of someone they either trust or depend on, such as a parent, sibling, other relative, caregiver or guardian. (Department of Justice Canada, 2005).

Types of Child Abuse?

 

  • Physical Abuse

  • Shaking, Pushing, Hitting

  • Emotional Maltreatment

  • Verbal abuse to emotional neglect

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Penetration to sexual exploitation

  • Exposure to family violence

  • Witness to violence between caregivers

  • Neglect

  • Failure to supervise the child or abandonment

 

It is important to note, however, that these types of abuse are more typically found in combination than alone. A physically abused child, for example, is often emotionally abused as well, and a sexually abused child also may be neglected.

Help A Friend

 

  • Listen to them, and let them know you believe them.

  • Don't be judgmental, and don't criticize them.

  • Tell them they don't deserve to be abused.

  • Talk to them about the choices they have, but don't tell them what to do.

  • Support them.

  • Offer to go with them to a counselor.

Report Abuse

 

If you know a child who is: 

 

  • * left home alone

  • * living with violence

  • * left without supervision

  • * sexually abused

  • * physically harmed

  • * emotionally harmed

 

You are OBLIGATED to Report it!

 

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the RCMP at 279-3001 or your local RCMP detachment or Child Protection at 891-5025.