There are several ways a child can be abused. The statistics are staggering, shocking, sickening, infuriating..................
Psychiatrists are working to figure out why Child Sexual Abuse is on the rise. Is it the internet? Images and information is so readily available. There is an anonymity to the internet. Has it always been a problem and we are just more aware of it now? Do children, teens and adults, all abused realize it is OK and encouraged to speak up? Are our children targets because we the parents, do not have the time and attention the children need so they accept the attention from an abuser? Abusers are very cunning in their "grooming" of children, gaining their trust before they are abuse the child. Abusers prey on children & adolescents who show signs of neglect or need.
Quantifying and even defining child abuse can be extremely difficult, especially considering the effect different kinds of abuse can have on children in varying contexts, observers say.
“It does get to be tricky territory because the question gets to be how serious is it?” said Brad McKenzie, a professor emeritus in the department of social work at the University of Manitoba. For example, spanking is still legal discipline in Canada (though spanking with an object is not), and exposure to intimate partner violence, defined as hearing or witnessing caregivers hitting each other or another adult, is a recent addition to the definition of child maltreatment and has increased the rate of referrals to child protection services “significantly.”
“The degree of seriousness, the degree of harm is another kind of measure we need to consider when you think about what do we do with this information,” he said. For the full article and study see the attached link (nationalpost.com/news/canada/one-third-of-canadians-have-suffered-child-abuse-highest-rates-in-the-western-provinces-study-says)
As parents we need to be aware of people in our Children's lives. We need to educate our children. There are many resources available to help you to talk to your children about abuse, sexual abuse, sexuality, healthy relationships, drug use, alcohol use, so many other issues. It doesn't mean you are a bad parent if you ask for help. It means you are a good, caring parent!!!
There are hundreds more facts on Canadian Child Abuse. Some are found in the resources listed below. These are the sites credited for the information in this blog.
If you are a victim of abuse, you are an abuser or know of an abuse, please get help.
Child abuse needs to stop!