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Child abuse and neglect include all forms of physical and emotional harm, sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation that results in actual or potential harm to the child's health, development or dignity. Within this broad definition, five subtypes can be distinguished – physical abuse; sexual abuse; neglect and negligent treatment; emotional abuse; and exploitation.
The Cook Children's Child Advocacy Resources and Evaluation (CARE) team provides medical and forensic evaluations for victims.
abuse and neglect can occur outside the home, sometimes in places we like to think of as "safe," and can include peer groups (bullying, date rape, hazing, etc.). Abuse and neglect can also begin with a stranger who befriends kids and leads them into human trafficking with promises of glamour, money, material goods ... and love. But abuse can – and most often does – happen in the home or within the family. Knowing what constitutes abuse and neglect is the first step toward stopping it. Abuse and neglect of a child includes:
For more in-depth information on child abuse and neglect, how to recognize the signs, and what you can do help bring an end to this needless childhood malady, visit www.helpandhope.org.
Child abuse and neglect is more common than most people imagine. Victims of sexual and physical abuse may be girls or boys of any age. Abuse occurs in all types of families. Recent statistics indicate that one in three girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Abuse can be devastating for young victims, but they often show no obvious physical signs of the abuse. Some behavioral and emotional responses are common among the victims of sexual and physical abuse. Parents should remember that not all children who demonstrate these behaviors have been abused.
*List adapted from material by Suzanne Sgroi, M.D., a leading researcher in the area of child sexual abuse.
** List adapted from material by Robert Reece, M.D., a national expert in child abuse and neglect.
If you suspect that a child is the victim of abuse and neglect, contact your local police department. You can also call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400, or file a report at www.TxAbuseHotline.org. If it is an emergency, please dial 911 for assistance.
In addition to the efforts of the CARE Team to identify victims of abuse and neglect, the Center for Children's Health works within the community to prevent abuse and neglect. This is done through parenting support with the Hood County for Healthy Children coalition and the Wise Coalition for Healthy Children. Additionally, the center is addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) through professional education, nurturing protective factors and mitigating the effects of traumatic events.