"Child abuse" can be defined as causing or permitting any harmful or offensive contact on a child's body; and, any communication or transaction of any kind which humiliates, shames, or frightens the child. Some child development experts go a bit further, and define child abuse as any act or omission, which fails to nurture or in the upbringing of the children.
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act defines child abuse and neglect as: “at a minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”
A child of any age, sex, race, religion, and socioeconomic background can fall victim to child abuse and neglect.
There are many factors that may contribute to the occurrence of child abuse and neglect. Parents may be more likely to maltreat their children if they abuse drugs or alcohol. Some parents may not be able to cope with the stress resulting from the changes and may experience difficulty in caring for their children.
Child abuse can have the following consequences :
1. It will encourage your child to lie, resent, fear, and retaliate, instead of loving, trusting, and listening
2. It will alienate your child from you and the rest of your family & make him a recluse.
3. It will lower your child's self esteem, and affect your child's psychological development and ability to behave normally outside his home.
4. When your child grows up, your child could probably carry on the family tradition, and abuse your grandchildren.
5. Your child may exclude you from his adult life. For example, you might not be invited to your child's wedding, or not be allowed any contact or relationship with your grandchildren.