What Is Child Abuse?
When a parent, legal guardian, or someone that a child knows puts the child at risk of serious harm or causes injury, death, or emotional harm.
What to do
if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected.
Learn to recognize the common signs of child abuse. Do you see signs of physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, or resource restrictive abuse?
Learn to be supportive when a child discloses abuse to you. Let them know that you believe them, and that is not their fault. Ask questions to gather more information.
You can do your part by reporting abuse appropriately. Call Child Protective Services or 911. Continue reporting each separate incidence if it continues to recur.
How do I help a child who's experienced or experiencing abuse?
"If you are concerned that a child is a victim of abuse, you may not be sure what to do or how to respond. Child sexual abuse is a crime that often goes undetected. No matter what your role is—parent or other family member, coach, teacher, religious leader, babysitter—you have the power to make a positive difference in this child’s life." Learn more at RAINN
Children with hearing loss can experience additional barriers when trying to reach out for help. Be patient and gather all the information you can.