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S: FACTS & MYTHS: CHILDHOOD PHYSICAL ABUSE

BC: Information presented to you from: *http://www.helpguide.org/mental/child_abuse_physical_emotional_sexual_neglect.htm *http://www.buzzle.com/articles/abusive-relationships-facts-about-abusive-relationship.html *http://www.angryharry.com/reNSPCCSHATTERSCHILDABUSEMYTHS.htm

FC: FACTS AND MYTHS ABOUT CHILDHOOD PHYSICAL ABUSE

1: GROUP MEMBERS BRANDI GISELLE KASSANDRA DIONNE

2: MYTH #1 It's only abuse if it's violent.

3: FACT Physical abuse is just 1 type of child abuse. Neglect and emotional abuse can be just as damaging, and since they are more subtle, others are less likely to intervene.

4: MYTH #2 Only bad people abuse their children.

5: FACT While it's easy to say that only "bad people" abuse their children, it's not always so black and white. Not all abusers are intentionally harming their children. Many have been victims of abuse themselves, and do not know any other way to parent. Others may be struggling with mental health issues or a substance abuse problem.

6: MYTH #3 Child abuse doesn't happen in “good” families.

7: FACT Child abuse doesn't only happen in poor families or bad neighborhoods. It crosses all racial, economic, and cultural lines. Sometimes, families who seem to have it all from the outside are hiding a different story behind closed doors.

8: MYTH #4 Most child abusers are strangers.

9: FACT While abuse by strangers does happen, most abusers are family members or others close to the family.

10: MYTH #5 Abused children always grow up to be abusers.

11: FACT It is true that abused children are more likely to repeat the cycle as adults, unconsciously repeating what they experienced as children. On the other hand, many adult survivors of child abuse have a strong motivation to protect their children against what they went through and become excellent parents.

12: MYTH #6 A Child is responsible for the abuse he/she suffers.

13: FACT A child is NEVER responsible for the abuse he/she suffers. The responsibility for abuse lies solely with the offender. In the case of sexual abuse, offenders often try to shift the blame for their actions by accusing the child of being promiscuous or seductive, especially if it involves a teenager.

14: MYTH #7 Some people provoke it, want it or even deserve it.

15: FACT NOBODY wants or rather deserves to be abused. This myth just does the job of shifting the blame from the abuser to the abused and avoids the stark reality that only the abuser is responsible for his/her own actions. In fact people are beaten for reasons as ridiculous as the dinner being cold, the TV was turned to the wrong channel or the baby was crying.

16: MYTH #8 The most common form of abuse suffered by children at home is sexual abuse.

17: FACT Children are 7 times more likely to be beaten badly by their parents than sexually abused by them.

18: MYTH #9 Most physical abuse is carried out by men, especially fathers.

19: FACT Violent acts towards children are more likely to be meted out by mothers than fathers (49% of the sample experienced this from mothers and 40% from fathers).

20: MYTH #10 Child abusers are easy to identify.

21: FACT Child abusers cannot be easily distinguished from others. They usually are not adults with mental illness. In fact, many offenders are Usually up standing community citizens.

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