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Recently in the news the head of the Dominica Child Abuse Prevention unit said there has been an increase of about 30 percent of reported cases of child abuse in Dominica. Most cases were of physical abuse. Each year, many children are traumatized by physical, sexual, and emotional abusers or by caregivers who neglect them, making child abuse as common as it is shocking. The scars can be deep and long-lasting, affecting not just abused children but society.

Most of us can’t imagine what would make an adult use violence against a child, and the worse the behavior is, the more unimaginable it seems. But the incidence of parents and other caregivers consciously, even willfully, committing acts that harm the very children they’re supposed to be nurturing is a sad fact of human society that cuts across all lines of ethnicity and class.

Signs of Physical Child Abuse

Signs of physical child abuse include visible marks of maltreatment, such as cuts, bruises, welts, or well-defined burns, and reluctance to go home. If you ask a child about how he or she got hurt and the child talks vaguely or evasively about falling off a fence or spilling a hot dish, think hard before you accept the child’s story at face value.

Getting help for an abused child

Although many people in Dominica are reluctant to get involved in other families’ lives, when it comes to child abuse, you don’t have the option of keeping silent. If you know of a child being abused or even suspect abuse, you have the responsibility to report it.

By reporting, you can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child and the child’s family, especially if you help stop the abuse early. Early identification and treatment can help mitigate the long-term effects of abuse. If the abuse is stopped and the child receives competent treatment, the abused child can begin to regain a sense of self-confidence and trust. Parents may also benefit from support, parent training and anger management.

If you suspect a child is being abused, the best first place to call to report is the National Child Abuse Hotline in your country.

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4 Comments »

Comment by Dan
2008-03-06 09:46:29

Great post! Child abuse is always wrong and must be dealt with severely. Yesterday there was news of arrests in a disgusting child pornography ring. Pedophiles never “get well” and should be locked away for their lifetimes. And people must also be educated to learn that love and encouragement, not harsh punishment, is the way to raise well-adjusted children who will also naturally please their parents. Sadly, even in well-off America, this is not understood, as this awful news from Florida this morning shows: http://www.wesh.com/news/15510193/detail.html

 
Comment by caroline Subscribed to comments via email
2010-01-02 19:56:39

Hi, I was wondering about the above photos of the six children above with the sepia background. Are these real pictures of children actually being abused? If so where did you get these? If so could you please inform me, one of the children look very very familiar to me. Please advise. Thank you

 
Comment by Chris
2010-01-03 07:41:55

Hi Caroline,
I’m not certain if these are real pictures of children being abuse. In fact, I accidentally stumbled upon this picture while browsing the internet. It fitted the image of the post I was writing at the time so I when ahead and use it.

But if you go ahead and make a search for “hurt-Children” in Google images you will find multiple copies of this image on different blogs and website. Maybe one of these sites can help you find more information, as to where it originated. Sorry I couldn’t of been more help to you.

-Chris

 
Comment by sabrina hector Subscribed to comments via email
2011-02-19 19:57:40

hi my name is sabrina hector i was brought up in dominica in massac i suffer years of abuse my mum was an alcoholic and was always drunk i remember it was carnival around february 1989 my mum hit me with a hammer she keeps hitting me and after she through me out side the door the neighbours called an ambulance they took me to the hospital i was unconscious the next day i remember police committing to see me questioning me my mum was arrested the following day. i was an victim just like this children suffering today so please tell this children to pray to god he is on there side and he loves them i did a lot of that when i was young so from my experience it can work if you need any help feel free to leave a message on my email address

 
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