*** Answer submitted on Apr 7 2013 4:55PM ***
There are four main types of child abuse; Physical, Sexual, Emotional/Phychological and Neglect. PHYSICAL
Physical child abuse is an injury resulting from physical agression even if the injury was not intended the act is considered physical abuse. Beating, slapping and hitting. Pushing, shaking, kicking or throwing. Pinching, biting, choking or hair pulling. Burning with cigerettes, scalding with hot water or other hot objects. Severe physical punishment. The signs of physical abuse are often easy to spot and can include bruises, cuts, burns and other injuries. Less obvious signs may include fear of physical contact with others, reluctance to change in public for P.E. or swimming lessons, wanting to stay covered up even when very hot and aggression. Shaking Baby Syndrome where the baby is shaken so violently it causes severe head injuries. Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome where the parent or main carer induces medical illness in a child wrongly convincing others that the child is sick. SEXUAL
Sexual abuse of a child is any sexual act between an adult and a child including penetration, incest, rape, oral sex and sodomy. Fondling or touching, kissing a child or getting the child to inappropriatly touch an adults genitals. Violation of body privacy forcing a child to undress, spying on a child in the bathroom, bedroom or more publically in play parks or swimming pools. Exposing children to adult material, performing sexual acts in front of the child, exposing genitals or showing a child pornography. Commercial exploitation through child prostitution or child pornography. Signs to look out for are inappropriate sexual behaviour consistant with the childs age, genital irritation, changes in behaviour such as suddenly becoming very clingy, lack of trust of adults. EMOTIONAL/PHYCHOLOGICAL
Emotional and phychological abuse of a child is a pattern...