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Child Abuse

Causes of Child Abuse

03/22/2004

Question:

what is the cause of child abuse and how can it be stopped?

Answer:

There are many causes of child abuse, just as there are many forms of abuse such as physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Effective ways to stop abuse is to recognize the signs of abuse and to report your concerns or suspicions to the legal authorities. On this website, we have listed many of the warning signs that could indicate abuse. By reporting abuse, you are notifying the experts that abuse may be occurring and this is the best way to "stop abuse". Once children are old enough to understand abusive actions, they should be instructed about inappropriate sexual touching and their rights not to be physically harmed. There are resources in most U.S. communities that teach children in school about abuse and how to protect themselves.

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Response by:

Robert Shapiro, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati