Child abuse takes many forms:
- Physical abuse. Physical child abuse occurs when a child is purposefully injured.
- Sexual abuse. Sexual child abuse is any sexual activity with a child in any way shape or form.
- Emotional abuse. Emotional child abuse includes verbal and emotional assault — such as continually belittling or berating a child — as well as isolating, ignoring or rejecting a child.
- Neglect. Child neglect is failure to provide adequate food, shelter, affection, supervision or medical care.
Most child abuse is inflicted by someone the child knows and trusts, often a parent or other relative.
If you suspect child abuse, report the abuse to 1-800-4-A-CHILD.