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Child Abuse Awareness Month

Too many children suffer from child abuse at home, at school, in their community. This April, take a moment to review the signs of child abuse and promise to report them when you see them.

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It’s a simple action that can save a child’s life.

Signs of child abuse:

The Child:

  • Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  • Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents’ attention
  • Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
  • Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
  • Lacks adult supervision
  • Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn
  • Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home

The Parent:

  • Shows little concern for the child
  • Denies the existence of—or blames the child for—the child’s problems in school or at home
  • Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
  • Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome
  • Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve
  • Looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs

The Parent and Child:

  • Rarely touch or look at each other
  • Consider their relationship entirely negative
  • State that they do not like each other
Click here to learn more about recognizing child abuse.
Aspiranet is a leading California social services agency, working to prevent child abuse by providing support to at-risk families. We also provide care to victims of child abuse through our foster family services. Click here to subscribe to our email updates and learn more about our work.

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