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Child Abuse

If you want to learn how to protect children from abuse, or how to report abuse, you've come to the right place.

In this section, you will find information about identifying, preventing, and intervening in child abuse. This includes the following:

  • Definition of child abuse
  • Types of child abuse
  • Signs of child abuse
  • Laws and resources that address child abuse cases

Definition of Child Abuse

In general, a child is anyone under the "age of majority." In most states, the child age of majority is 18 years old.

Child abuse and neglect are emotional or physical harms caused to a child. The abuse can also be in the form of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse. These types of harm place the child's life at risk and can result in physical injury or even death. Experiencing child abuse or neglect can, undoubtedly, affect a child's mental health into their teen and adult years.

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