Introduction: How to Prevent Child Abuse
pleasure, some take out their frustrations on the children, and some abuse out of habit. Even parents, at times, lose control and end up abusing their children. Well, no matter what the reasons are, child abuse is a heinous crime. If you know a child who is being abused, it’s your duty to save them from the abuser. Here are a few actions that you can take:
Step 1: Don’t Use Harsh Words
Avoid using harsh words in front of a child, it makes the child feel unwanted and leaves a negative impact on their tender mind. Therefore, choose your words wisely. Be optimistic and tell the child that you are proud of them. Encourage the child and don't let others bully or make fun of them.
Step 2: Take Immediate Actions
The moment you find out about the abuse, take appropriate actions to stop it. Keep the child in a safer environment, and if possible, hire a professional help for the abuser like a counselling session, or something on the same lines.
Step 3: Make Your Neighbourhood Safe
Ask your neighbours to keep an eye out for children on their way to and from school. Set up "safe houses" for children who feel threatened or afraid.
Step 4: Volunteer
Volunteer your free time in a child care center, parenting support program, drug abuse prevention or treatment program, or shelter for the homeless.
Step 5: Become a Mentor
Mentor an abused child, help him get over the abuse.
Step 6: Become a Foster Parent
It’s not that easy, but think about the fact that you are giving a child a safe environment to grow.
Child abuse knows no boundaries, it can happen in any household, rich or poor. Children who are mentally ill, handicapped, stubborn, unwanted or demanding are most likely to be abused. If you know a child who is being repeatedly abused physically, emotionally or sexually and is left neglected, call your local law enforcement or child-support agency. If you suspect it, then you must report it. It’ll not only save the child, but also the parent. It’s better to stop violence in childhood, than to let the abuse go on, scaring the child for life.