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WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?
To help prevent child abuse, you need to understand what it is. It's any mistreatment of a child that results in harm or injury. There are four basic types of child abuse, though children often experience more than one kind of abuse.
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Physical abuse includes actions such as beating, burning, or punching a child.
Emotional abuse may involve criticizing, insulting, rejecting, or withholding love from a child.
Sexual abuse includes rape, touching or fondling, or involving a child in pornography.
Neglect includes failure to provide for a child's basic physical, medical, or emotional needs.
Leaving a young child home alone or failing to provide needed medical care may also be considered neglect.