It's the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the U. Most incidents last just a few seconds, but that's enough time to cause brain damage or even kill a baby.
Sexual abuse happens when a child is raped or forced to commit a sexual act.
But in some states, substance abuse is also considered a form of child abuse on its own.
Examples of child abuse due to a substance abuse problem in the house include: It would be simpler if all child abusers followed a pattern and were easy to recognize.
In the United States, the laws defining what constitutes child abuse vary from state to state, but generally speaking, child abuse can take these forms: The most serious cases of child abuse can end in death.
Those who survive may suffer emotional scars that can last long after the physical bruises have healed.Virtually anyone who has access to a child is in a position to mistreat the child. Sometimes, people who abuse kids can show some behavioral signs.For example, parents who abuse their children may avoid other parents in the neighborhood, may not participate in school activities, and might be uncomfortable talking about their children's injuries or behavioral problems.It's hard to imagine someone intentionally hurting a child.Yet nearly 1 million children are abused every year just in the United States alone.In addition to kids who are being abused, those who abuse (but are not the victims themselves — like siblings) sometimes show similar signs.But just because a child is showing these signs, it doesn't necessarily point to abuse.Adults who sexually abuse children typically know the kids beforehand.Rarely will a sexual abuser pick a child at random.Multiple bruises or those that keep coming back, black eyes, and broken bones are certainly red flags, but other signs — like a child's emotional health — are also telling.Here are some ways that kids who are being abused might react: Other kids might not act out in the typical ways, but will avoid going home after school or doing any activity that would cause them to spend time alone with the abuser.