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25 Nov 2009 17:54
How can you practically empower yourself, or the women and children you know, during this year’s 16 days of Activism? The Mail & Guardian‘s “HOW TO” guide will tackle a different area each day, including suing for maintenance, applying for a social grant and getting an interdict against an abusive partner.
Child abuse is the mistreatment of a child by a person and can be physical, emotional, sexual or neglect—the most common.
Emotional or Mental Abuse
This is harder to tell. Abused children often become quiet but that is not always a way to a sign. Lack of self-esteem is another way to tell but again, that does not mean children are abused.
Remember that inappropriate touching is also sexual abuse. This is not uncommon, particularly when alcohol or drugs are involved.
Involve others. If you get no satisfaction from the official channels, try involving members of the community and the child’s school teacher.
Befriend the child.
Remember that according to Section 42 of the Child Care Act, 1983, the following professionals are obliged to report any suspicions of child abuse or ill treatment:
View more on our special report on 16 days of activism here.
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