What is abuse?
Child Abuse affects children in every community in Central Oregon. Abuse is defined by the harm it causes to the child, not the motivation of the person hurting the child. There are 4 major types of child abuse:
Physical Abuse – physical harm to a child that is not accidental, which results in such things as bruises, welts, burns, cuts and broken bones.
Sexual Abuse – includes fondling, penetration, intercourse, exploitation, pornography, exhibitionism, child prostitution, group sex, oral sex, or forced observation of sexual acts.
Neglect – failure to provide for a child’s basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, supervision or medical care.
Emotional Abuse – includes constant criticism, threats, or rejection, as well as withholding love, support, or guidance.