What is Child Abuse & Neglect

Child abuse represents an action against a child. It is an act of commission. Child abuse can occur at any time within any family, neighborhood or community.

Abuse generally falls into three categories:

  1. Physical Abuse: The non-accidental injury to a child.

  2. Sexual Abuse: Any act of a sexual nature upon or with a child. The act may be for the sexual gratification of the perpetrator or a third party. This would, therefore, include not only anyone who actively participated in the activity, but also, anyone who allowed it. (Includes rape, touching, fondling, or involving a child in pornography)

  3. Emotional Abuse: Chronic or consistent attitude or acts that interfere with the psychological and social development of a child, such as criticizing, insulting, rejecting or withholding love from a child.

Child abuse represents an action against a child. It is an act of commission. Child abuse can occur at any time within any family, neighborhood or community.

Abuse generally falls into three categories:

  1. Physical Abuse: The non-accidental injury to a child.

  2. Sexual Abuse: Any act of a sexual nature upon or with a child. The act may be for the sexual gratification of the perpetrator or a third party. This would, therefore, include not only anyone who actively participated in the activity, but also, anyone who allowed it. (Includes rape, touching, fondling, or involving a child in pornography)

  3. Emotional Abuse: Chronic or consistent attitude or acts that interfere with the psychological and social development of a child, such as criticizing, insulting, rejecting or withholding love from a child.

What is Safe Haven?

Ohio’s Safe Haven Law allows birth parents to legally leave an infant up to 30 days old, in the hands of a:

  • Medical worker in a hospital;
  • Medical worker at a fire department or other emergency service organization; or to a peace officer at a law enforcement agency.
  • The birth parent (mother or father) can take a child to a Safe Haven. The law provides protection from prosecution only for the child’s parents.
  • If the infant is left with a person at one of these places, and has not been abused, the parent will face no legal consequences for making this choice.

For more information, http://jfs.ohio.gov/safehavens/index.stm

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