Preventing child abuse is one of the key focus areas for our team so during Child Abuse Prevention Month, we want to help you become an active participant in protecting the lives & innocence of children.
Throughout April, we’ll be sharing with you the specific ways that Compasio is actively preventing child abuse every single day and ways that you can partner with us. Before we do that, we want you to know what defines child abuse because it’s not always obvious to the visible eye.
Child Abuse is divided into 4 categories:
Neglect is the failure to provide for a child’s basic needs – nutritional, physical and educational.
Physical abuse is physical injury as a result of hitting, kicking, shaking, burning, cutting, or otherwise harming a child.
Sexual abuse is any situation where a child is used for sexual gratification. This may include indecent exposure, fondling, rape, or commercial exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials.
Emotional abuse is any pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth, including constant criticism, threats, and rejection.
There are so many reasons that people abuse children but these are the reasons that are most prevalent in the communities where Compasio works:
- Inadequate policies and programs to prevent child maltreatment, child pornography, child prostitution and child labor
- Social and cultural norms that diminish the status of the child in parent–child relationships; social, economic, health and education policies that lead to poor living standards, or to socioeconomic inequality or instability
- Gender and social inequality
- Lack of adequate housing or resources to help alleviate poverty
- High levels of unemployment or poverty
- Family breakdown or violence between other family members
- A breakdown of support in child rearing from the extended family
- Adults having suffered abuse or having been maltreated themselves as a child
- An unplanned pregnancy leading to the child being unwanted, or failing to fulfil the expectations of parents
- Lack of awareness of child development or having unrealistic expectations of child behavior
- Use of alcohol or drugs, including during pregnancy
- High crime rates
- Financial stress, debt & inability to make ends meet
- Physical, developmental or mental health problems of a family member
Many of these risk factors exist in each family we work with which is why we do all we can to eliminate these issues in order to protect children from abuse.
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