One of the worst things a parent can endure is seeing their own child (or someone else’s child) abused, whether physically, emotionally, or sexually.
As rare as we want to believe this phenomenon is, studies show that as many as one in four girls, and one in eight boys, is victim to some form of child abuse.
Doctors and teachers are mandatory reporters and must report any instance of suspected child abuse, but this doesn’t always get anywhere.
Children, too, are hesitant to speak out for fear of ridicule or shame. In many cases, the abuse comes from someone in the child’s family, and the child has natural instincts to protect them.
If the abuse can be stopped in childhood, then they’re better for it. But oftentimes, child abuse goes unreported and the children grow up with their childhood abuse.
The scars from childhood abuse are extremely long-lasting and require delicate care in treatment.