How does a child feel after abuse? Raise awareness

All types of child abuse and neglect leave lasting scars. Some of these scars might be physical, but emotional scarring has long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a child’s sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships, and ability to function at home, at work and at school. There are several types of child abuse, but the core element that ties them together is the emotional effect on the child. Children need predictability, structure, clear boundaries, and the knowledge that their parents and other close people in their life are looking out for their safety. Abused children cannot predict how people in their life will act. Their world is an unpredictable, frightening place with no rules. Whether the abuse is a slap, a harsh comment, stony silence, or not knowing if there will be dinner on the table tonight, the end result is a child that feel unsafe, uncared for, and alone. Child sexual abuse is an especially complicated form of abuse because of it’s layers of guilt and shame. Aside from the physical damage that sexual abuse can cause, emotional problems that can be far worse if not dealt with appropriately. It can lead to self-loathing and sexual problems as they grow older. Just remember, you can make a difference. If you suspect a child being abused, speak up and report it! If talking to a child that has been abused the best thing you can provide is calm reassurance and unconditional support.

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3 thoughts on “How does a child feel after abuse? Raise awareness

  1. Good morning, I was abused by both of parents, the scars healed very slowly. I am fortunate my grandparents show me unconditional love. Their love help the wounds heal which allowed me to bloom. Thank you for a great post. 🙂

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  2. This post brings back memories in reference to my African community, vulnerable children are raped and abused and their culprits go free, all because of broken judicial systems, corruption and abuse of power by our African leaders. the pain lives on and it heals very slow as you said but in the end, the pain brings out joy knowing that in the end there is always a light at the tunnel.

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    • It kills me to think of such things, but this is reality that some people want to block out instead of fight! You are right…there is a light at the end of that dark tunnel. Thanks for commenting

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