That's why it's especially important to be able to recognize the signs of child abuse.
Emotional abuse or psychological abuse is a pattern of behavior that has negative effects on a child's emotional development and sense of self-worth.
Ignoring a child or withholding love, support, or guidance is considered emotional abuse.
Adults who sexually abuse children typically know the kids beforehand.
Rarely will a sexual abuser pick a child at random.
The truth is that child abusers come from all walks of life.
They can be parents, other family members, teachers, coaches, and family friends.
Kids who are abused are more likely to have problems building and maintaining relationships throughout their lives.
They're also more likely to have low self-esteem, depression, thoughts of suicide, and other mental health issues.
Virtually anyone who has access to a child is in a position to mistreat the child. Sometimes, people who abuse kids can show some behavioral signs.
For example, parents who abuse their children may avoid other parents in the neighborhood, may not participate in school activities, and might be uncomfortable talking about their children's injuries or behavioral problems.