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What is child abuse?

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February 07, 2013 12:40AM

Child abuse comes in many forms, including sexual, physical,

emotional, mental, and neglect. Anytime a child is subjected to

physicallly, emotionally, or mentally harmful behavior, it is child


It is also child abuse when a child's physical and emotional

needs are not provided for. These include proper food, shelter,

clothing, medical care, affection, protection from others who are

harming them (when the parent or guardian is aware of it). However,

if the parent or guardian is aware of someone else abusing the

child and they don't do anything to stop it, that makes them guilty

of child abuse, too, by not protecting the child from their abuser;

it comes under the form of abuse by neglect.

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