Well, folks, this is April 30, the end of April’s Child Abuse Awareness Month. But let’s not stop being aware of child abuse just because it’s the end of April. If you see a child being abused, speak up. If it’s a parent screaming at a kid in a store, dragging him along by the arm with a “Just wait till I get you home” hissed between clenched teeth–what can you do? That’s a really tough question. If you go up to him and say, “Excuse me, but you seem to be abusing your child,” the pathological parent may very well stop his behavior and make some lame excuse like “Oh, I we were only horsing around,” and then when they get home the child REALLY gets it for being the “cause” of “attracting attention.” I just don’t know the answer to that one. But I do know that if you hear angry voices and sounds of violence coming from the apartment next door, your call to the emergency authorities might save a life. Make the call.
April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month. At The Invisible Scar, we are focusing on exploring the definition of emotional child abuse, such as the various types, how to help emotionally abused children, and resources for healing.
When emotional abuse is shown in movies or TV programs, the abuser is often a huge, ugly, fierce-looking adult. The abuser never looks like the kind-faced person next door. The abuser is never an ordinary person, never someone known to his neighbors, never someone who shops at the local store, has friends, or keeps a regular job. The abuser is easily to spot. The abuser might as well carry a sign for all people to see.
In real life, however, abusers aren’t always that obvious. They might look huge and fierce—but they can also look gentle and meek. In real life, emotional child abusers can be far sneakier. In some cases…
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