Physicians are legally obligated to report all suspected cases of abuse or neglect to state authorities.
A close relationship with a very supportive adult can increase resiliency, reducing some of the impact.
If you suspect your child has been abused, get help immediately through your pediatrician or a local child protective agency.
The doctor also may testify in court if necessary to obtain legal protection for the child or criminal prosecution of the person suspected of perpetrating the abuse or neglect.
If your child has been abused, you may be the only person who can help him.
Studies have suggested that up to one in four girls and one in eight boys will be sexually abused before they are eighteen years old.
Physical abuse occurs when a child’s body is injured as a result of hitting, kicking, shaking, burning, or other show of force.
Sexual abuse is any sexual activity that a child cannot understand or consent to.
It includes acts such as fondling, oral-genital contact, and genital and anal intercourse.
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