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Myths and reality about child abuse

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Myth: Abuse is only when violent actions are involved

Fact: Abuse includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect.

Myth: Child abuse occurs only in broken family structures or lower class socioeconomic status.

Fact: Abuse occurs in family whether by a married couple or single parents; regardless of whether they are heterosexual or homosexual couples; regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or social class. Children who are malnutrition suffer from neglect and often emotional abuse due to a lack of nurture by one of more parents. Children who witness domestic violence of one parent by another, indirectly suffers from psychological abuse.

Myth: Physical abuse can leave scars but emotional abuse is only short term.

Fact: Most physical scars can take time to heal but most outsiders are never aware that someone they know, has been physically abused because victims will typically wear long sleeve tops to cover any bruises from hand grabs around the wrists or arms; turtle necks to cover visible scars around the neck and shoulders; women will wear makeup to cover up scars but whether they are physical scars or emotional scars, the victimization effect can last a lifetime to heal.


  1. 1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368) Stop It Now
  2. 1-800-656-HOPE Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
  3. US or Canada: 1-800-422-4453 (Childhelp)
  4. UK: 0800 1111 (NSPCC Childline)
  5. Australia: 1800 688 009 (CAPS)
  6. New Zealand: 0800-543-754 (Kidsline)


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