What Is Child Abuse ?  

Any form of communication or transaction that could lead to consequences of humiliation, shame or fear; or any offensive move towards a child’s body falls under the head of child abuse. There are experts in the field who extend the framework of child abuse to failure of nurturing a child with adequate care as well.

The term 'child abuse' incorporates children of all ages belonging to any gender, creed, caste or religion. There are four broad categories under child abuse, namely physical, emotional, sexual and neglect.

Physical abuse covers the domain of any physical injury caused to the child even if it meant disciplining the child. Acts of physical abuse include burning, hitting, punching, shaking, kicking and beating. The motive behind the act may not have been to intentionally cause harm but nevertheless these actions are not in co-ordination with the age of the child.

When the abuse is mainly verbal, but affects the child’s psyche in a negative way, then it is categorized under emotional abuse. Different types of punishment that could terrorize a child such as confining a child to a closed or a room with light or tying the child to a chair or harming the child’s self esteem by using offensive terms could result in emotional abuse.

Sexual abuse highlights inapt sexual conduct towards a child that could include fondling a child’s genitals, making the child touch the adult’s genitals, intercourse, incest, rape, sodomy, exhibitionism and sexual exploitation. However, it must be kept in mind that the term can be only used when the abuser is a known individual. In cases, wherein the same is conducted by an unknown person, the act falls under the head of sexual assault.

The last category of abuse known as neglect encompasses any act of negligence over providing the child with fundamental requirements such as clothing, house, food, schooling, medical care and compassion.

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