Världsdagen mot barnmisshandel
World Day Against Child Abuse
Did you know that in Sweden, thousands of children get battered every year. Child abuse is when an adult exposes a child to physical or psychological violence, sexual assault, abuse or neglect. Physical child abuse is when an adult causes a child harm or pain. Examples of physical violence are hitting, kicking, burning, shaking, shoving, biting and pulling the child by the hair. To poison, burn or scald the child is also counted as physical abuse. In the most extreme cases, the beating can cause death. When an adult voice to the child that it is worthless, unloved and unwanted as it counts as psychological child abuse. This may sometimes be done by rejection, isolation, criticism, ridicule or ostracism (read more here).
Only 92% of all parents in Sweden dissociate from corporal punishment on children. And I say "only 92%" because I can not for my life understand why that number isn't 100. Today is the World Day against child abuse and I would like to draw your attention to how a child, who has been abused, behave. The reaction of children who have been abused may vary widely, but look for signs of anxiety, aggressiveness, depression, stomach ache and headache. Also, concentration difficulties, and peer problems are common. Children usually don't tell others about the violence and learns that this is something that an adult uses to achieve its cause.
If you suspect that a child is being abused, report it directly to social services or the police!
Read more at Save the Children