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What is child abuse?

A broad definition of child abuse implies purposeful and serious injury inflicted upon a child by a caregiver. Specific countries and ethnic groups have developed sometimes widely divergent definitions. In the United States, each state is responsible for drafting definitions for child abuse and neglect consistent with federal law. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, amended in October 1996, provides the basis from which individual states may structure their legislation.

Four broad categories are generally recognized:

  1. neglect (63%);

  2. physical abuse (16%);

  3. sexual abuse (10%) and;

  4. emotional abuse (7%) (2005 national data).
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Comment from: slovelee, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I have experienced the separation between my parents. I followed my mother, who went to live with another guy. We were away, leaving my dad and my brother. While I was there, I had to be alone while my mother and her boyfriend went on a trip. I spent a sleepless night all alone, and then woke up to go to school and take a bus that took 3 to 4 hours. I usually fell asleep in my classes and my peers bullied me around. I started using drugs and alcohol. One day, I came home and the door lock had been changed by my mom's boyfriend. My mom and I became furious, broke into the house, took everything, and ran away. We were almost arrested by cops, and ended up giving everything up. We have moved back in with my dad, who I have been avoiding for a long time. We seem to be doing a lot better now, but sometimes the scars within me drive me out of control. I've started smoking, taking drugs, drinking alcohol, and am suffering from depression. Always relying on a guy makes you suffer from anxiety.

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