Long-term Effects of Child Abuse
When children are being abused people tend to focus on the physical attributes of being abused and neglect to realize the long-term effects abuse can cause a child. Being abused by a parent or authority figure is not only physical, but emotional. The physical scars or bruises are only a small portion of the pain and suffering a child goes through when he/she is being abused. The emotional suffering a child endures when being abused lasts a lifetime. A scar or bruise will eventually fade away on a child’s body if their parent is physically abusing them, but the emotional trauma of being physically abused will forever remain in that child’s memory, causing difficulties for the child that carries over into adulthood.
Physical abuse occurs when a child is being bitten, burned, punched, thrown, shaken, thrown, or any other form of physical harm brought upon the child purposely, but physical abuse is not the only type of child abuse. Emotional abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse are other types of abuses.
Emotional abuse is when a child is being verbally abused and made to feel less than human. Telling a child that they are not good enough, will never amount to anything, or that they are a mistake falls under the category of emotional abuse. Emotional abuse also includes withholding affection such as positive affirmations and hugs and kisses. Emotional abuse hinders the growth and development of a child. Neglect occurs when an adult fails to provide proper food, clothing (according to the right season), shelter, as well as supervision for their child. Failure to provide proper medical care and taking care of hygiene is also considered neglect. Sexual abuse includes any sexual acts between adults and children including oral sex, intercourse, prostitution, exhibitionism, forcing the child to watch sexual acts and pornography. Physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse have profound immediate and long-term effects on a...
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