Over the recent years we have seen a dramatic increase in child abuse around the world. Statistic shows that one in four girls and one in eight boys will be maltreated before they are 18 years old.
It has been seen a major social problem mainly cause by personal, family and other factors and pressures. People and parents who are seen to be responsible individuals and are suffering from these pressures are expressing their frustration upon their innocent children.
There are four different types of child maltreatments: neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. Although, any of the forms can be found separately, they often occur together.
In most case children who are abused suffer greater emotional than physical damage. Those who are severely mistreated many become depressed or develop suicidal behaviors, withdrawals, or even behave violently. When they get to their teenage years, they may turn to the use of drugs or alcohols, try to run away from home, refuse discipline, or abuse others. As an adult, they many develop martial and sexual difficulties, depressions, or suicidal behaviors.
If you suspect your child has been abused or that you think your friends or relatives child is being abuse, get help immediately through your pediatrician or a local child protection agency. Your action can change a child life.