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What can I do in case of Child Abuse?

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A disturbing fact about child abuse is
Approximately 5 children die every day because of child abuse. Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4. The tender age in which they are suppose to built the foundation for their entire life, but some pedophile destroys the dreams and hope of a defenceless life.The more sickening fact is that this might be happening in and around where you live.

If reading this makes you feel sorry for the kids then you should be thankful for the fact that you survived it because someone might be watching your back. But
“what if there was no one?”
“what if the kid that is being beaten up is you?”
 These imaginations will just make you realize that there is something wrong and all you have to do is just think

“what can I do?”

There are few simple things like keeping your eyes open.
The first statement on Wikipedia is  “Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children.”
Neglecting the surrounding is the most crucifying virus to our current society.
Here are few thing you can do to make a difference.

– Take action…don’t wait for someone else to do it!

We have seen people standing in circles and looking at any kind of abuse. Be the one who will stand up. be the one who refuses to tolerate anymore, be the one who will make a difference.Be the change you want to see in others. And Take action…don’t wait for someone else to do it!

– Behave yourself.
Have a good prospective toward children. Criminals are not born, we are animals and we may never know when we lose temper and end up making one more child abuse victim. Understand the fact that they are in a stage of life which we were at one point of time.

They are young, they will learn.Be patient.
–  Dont expect children to be smart and intelligent every time. They are kids and they are good at being that. They will soon grow smarter and more intelligent. So instead of controlling the situation, let them do mistakes and learn on their own.

 Whenever possible  monitor a child’s media intake.
The 18+ rule is for a reason. Children need to be psychologically, socially and physically developed for what they are exposed to on the media. So keep your eyes open and be responsible for what they see and learn. Exposing to wrong media content can have many adverse effects on a child’s mind, and that can affect the child as well as how he deals with problems.

Learn to recognize the signs of child abuse.
There are many types of indicators which can tell us about the abuse. the prime indicators are Physical and Behavioral Indicators. A child who doesn’t smile really needs attention. Recognize and act immediately.

Understand the myths related to child abuse.

– MYTH #1: It’s only abuse if it’s violent.
Fact: Physical abuse is just one type of child abuse.

MYTH #2: Only bad people abuse their children.
Fact:Many have been victims of abuse themselves, and don’t know any other way to parent.

MYTH #3: Child abuse doesn’t happen in “good” families.
Fact: Families who seem to have it all from the outside are hiding a different story behind closed doors.

MYTH #4: Most child abusers are strangers.
Fact: Most abusers are family members or others close to the family.

MYTH #5: Abused children always grow up to be abusers.
Fact: Many adult survivors of child abuse have a strong motivation to protect their children against what they went through and become excellent parents.

Be a friend for a child.
The best way to connect with a child is to be one of them. make them happy for sometime and then just see how beautiful their company is. And if you happen to be a very close to a victim he or she might share the experience with you. what will you do in such a condition? The following will help you to tackle such situations.

Ask ONLY four questions

What happened?
Who did this to you?
Where were you when this happened?
When did this happen?

 Asking any additional questions may contaminate a case!

 

DO NOT

 Investigate

Ask leading questions (a question that suggests the answer or contains the information the questioner is looking for – That man touched you, didn’t he?)

Make promises

Notify the parents or the caretaker

DO

Provide a safe environment (be comforting, welcoming, and a good listener)

Tell the child it was not his/her fault

Listen carefully

Document the child’s exact quotes

Be supportive, not judgmental

Know your limits

Tell the truth

The least can be done is get aware and spread awareness of 1098 Tele Helpline.

There are very few people who are interested in keeping Humanity alive. Be one of them.