It seems like lately I have heard a ton of tragic child abuse stories, so I thought I’d go looking for more information on how I could help and I ran across this site that I wanted to share with you all.
What this guide does is break down the different forms of child abuse and deals with them category: mental or emotional abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. They also cover child neglect.
They also discuss the effects of child abuse, the myths surrounding child abuse, how to tell if you are abusive, and how to break the cycle of child abuse.
I like that they have a section devoted to explaining the difference between discipline and abuse. This is an important issue for people to understand. Parents shouldn’t feel that they cannot discipline their children for fear of abuse reports, but they should also learn the difference between genuine discipline and what goes over the line.
The important section to me was Helping an Abused or Neglected Child. This section covers how best to interact with a child who has been abused or neglected and get them help. More importantly it makes you aware of what reactions you should avoid and how you should reassure the child that the situation was not their fault.
It then goes onto tell you how you can report child abuse to the appropriate authorities and get those children the hope they need. They have strong counter arguments for why you would think you shouldn’t get involved. A lot of the help lines are completely anonymous so there is very little risk of your help coming back on you in a negative fashion.