Child abuse and neglect is one of the most serious social issues in the U.S. The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) confirms the increase in child abuse and neglect incidents with nearly 9 million incidents reported in 2005. This means 12 out of every 1,000 children up to the age of 18 was maltreated in some form.
Child abuse and neglect is a serious crime perpetuated by a parent or caregiver. As child abuse incidents go unnoticed due to the involvement of people closer to the child, it is important for everyone to be aware of the signs of the abuse to report the crime and press the charges against the abuser so as to protect the child.
What is Child Abuse?
Child abuse is any act of violence that may cause physical or emotional harm to a child resulting in serious injuries, or in more serious cases, even death. It also includes sexual abuse or use of persuasion to force a child to engage in sexual acts. When defining child abuse, most federal and State child protection laws refer to the harm caused by a parent or caregiver, and does not include damages caused by other people, like acquaintance or strangers.
What are Different Types of Child Abuse?
Child abuse is typically divided into four categories: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Some states also identify child abandonment and parental substance abuse as child mistreatment.
Physical abuse is a voluntary act of physical violence that may cause minor to severe physical injury. The act may include beating, punching, kicking, shaking, biting, throwing, chocking, and hitting using a hand, or any object. Regardless of the motive of the act, any of these actions causing injury to the child may be considered a felony.
Emotional abuse is any pattern of behavior that may impair the child’s emotional development or self-worth. This may include recurring act of threat, criticism, and rejection. These incidents are typically hard to prove unless there is a solid evidence of the harm or mental injury to the child.
Sexual abuse is the persuasion or coercion to engage a child in sexual acts or force them to see the visual depiction of such conducts. Depending upon the severity of the incident, the abuse may be charged as a felony lifetime sentence.
Neglect is the failure of a parent or caregiver to provide for the child’s basic needs, including physical, emotional, medical, and educational needs. When the neglect is posing threats to the child’s health or safety, child welfare intervention is required to safeguard the rights of the child.
If you know someone experiencing child abuse, report the case before it’s too late. As criminal defense attorney, we assure you to provide with complete guidance and legal assistance to protect the child in every possible manner. Contact us online or seek help by calling us at (310) 316-9333.