What Is Child Abuse and Neglect?
Descriptions of Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, and Neglect
* Physical Abuse: Examples include, but are not limited to: beating, harmful restraint, use of a weapon or instrument, or actions that result in or could result in serious physical injury.
* Sexual Abuse: This is any sexual behavior imposed on a juvenile. This involves a range of activities, including fondling the genital area, masturbation, oral sex, or vaginal or anal penetration by a finger, penis, or other object. It also includes exhibitionism, child pornography, and use of suggestive behaviors or comments.
* Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse is expressing attitudes or behaviors toward a child that create serious emotional or psychological damage as evidenced by the juvenile’s severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or aggressive behavior towards self or others.
* Neglect: Child neglect is defined as any serious disregard for a juvenile’s supervision, care, or discipline.
* Information quoted in this section is from Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (www.preventchildabusenc.org). The Child Advocacy Center, Inc. is an Affiliate Agency of Prevent Child Abuse NC.
The CAC provides education to the public including:
- Darkness-to-Light Stewards of Children Training to educate parents, grandparents and everyone who works with children on how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to child sexual abuse
- Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Training for professionals and organizations on how to recognize the signs of child abuse and how to report suspicions of child abuse.