The term child abuse goes beyond physical abuse of Children
It deals with the behavior of parents, care givers, other adults or older adolescents that tend to be outside the norms of conduct and entails a substantial risk of causing physical or emotional harm to a child or young person ……..these behaviors minght be intentional or unintentional and can include acts of neglect and abuse
According to the WHO (world health organization) child abuse is viewed as all forms of physical or emotional ill treatment, sexual abuse , neglect or negligent treatment , commercial or other forms of exploitation resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health , survival, development or dignity
The consequences of this maltreatment can be really devastating it’s effects comes in both physical, psychological and cognitive forms
with the physical consequences ranging from minor injuries to severe brain damage or even death
Psychological consequences range from chronic low self esteem to severe dissociative states on the other hand the cognitive effect of the abuse range from attentional problems and learning disorders to severe organic brain syndromes also known as organic brain disease or disorder .
Behaviourally the consequences of child abuse range from poor peer relations all the way to extraordinarily violent behaviors.
thus the consequences of child abuse not only affects the victims but also the society in which they live in.
On a quest to curb this menace we all have to be actively involved yes all of us including you and I .
Most of us here would assume that it doesn’t happen where we live some of us may not have even come across children who are victims .
But make no mistake about this ,
Child abuse Is happening all around us ….. Children in this very city we are in , children in this very country we live in are all victims to this horrific crime .
The perpetrators may be your colleges at work , members of your church,your neighbors you name them ..some do it out of ignorance but we can stop this menace
Well yes the mountain is kinda big but together we can move it ,
Together we can make that difference