Child Abuse has occurred throughout the ages, and often gone virtually ignored.
Today, things are finally changing for the better, and people are realizing the
consequences of abusive child-rearing practices. Studies of the brains of children
subjected to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse are showing that the way a child’s
brain develops may be fundamentally changed, with negative and life-long
results from exposure to maltreatment!
Child Abuse, as with any abuse, is more than bruises or broken bones. Ignoring a
child’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, or making
a child feel worthless or stupid are also child abuse. Regardless of what type of
abuse occurs, the scars run deep.
It is easy to think that it takes a monster to abuse their children. However many
perpetrators of child abuse do not even realize what they are doing. Often, they
were abused themselves as children, and think that their approach is normal parenting.
They may suffer from mental health issues, and not quite see the wrong in their
treatment of children. They may simply be ignorant about the developmental stages
children go through, leading them to make inappropriate and harmful responses to
their child’s perfectly normal behavior. Sometimes, even a family that seems
to “have it all” from the outside may be hiding a very different reality
behind closed doors. Children, more than other victims, need our help and advocacy.
They cannot speak out for themselves, and can undergo the most profound types of
harm. The information provided here is intended to help you help children, whether
it be your own, or a member of the community.
- It is important to know; Is your child at risk?
- If you know or suspect a child is being abused, find out about Helping the abused child.
Child Neglect is also abuse! No matter how busy your life is, children have
basic needs that deserve to be met, and if they are not, you may be subject to legal
- We may not want to even think about it, but Child Sexual Abuse does happen in the Muslim Community.
- Also, we’ve compiled an extensive set of Parenting Resources for you.
Explore Child Abuse in further depth in these articles:
Much of our discussion of child abuse here is drawn from the even more extensive
resource written by Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and found online