What Is Abuse?


Major forms of child abuse


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Physical abuse -

Any non-accidental injury to a child. Includes hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, burning, pinching, hair pulling, biting, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping, and paddling.

Sexual abuse -

Any sexual act between an adult and child. This includes fondling, penetration, intercourse, exploitation, pornography, exhibitionism, child prostitution, group sex, oral sex, or forced observation of sexual acts.

Neglect -

Failure to provide for a child’s physical needs. This includes lack of supervision, inappropriate housing or shelter, inadequate provision of food, inappropriate clothing for season or weather, abandonment, denial of medical care, and inadequate hygiene.

You dont need a bruise to be abusedEmotional abuse -

Any attitude or behavior which interferes with a child’s mental health or social development. This includes yelling, screaming, name-calling, shaming, negative comparisons to others, telling them they are “bad, no good, worthless” or “a mistake”. Failure to provide the affection and support necessary for the development of a child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual well-being. This includes ignoring, lack of appropriate physical affection (hugs), not saying “I love you”, withdrawal of attention, lack of praise, and lack of positive reinforcement.

Help A Child – Report Child Abuse!

• Call 911 if the child is in immediate danger!
• Local Child Protective Services Agency- Greenville County HotLine (864) 467-7750
• Call the National Child Abuse Hotline
Talk to someone that cares 1 800 – 4-A-CHILD