Issues in Child abuse & Neglect . How to define? Who gets to define? Where to draw the line? What to do about it?. Types of Abuse. Other. Neglect. Emotional. Sexual. Physical. Physical Abuse. “Knowingly inflicts cruel and inhuman punishment upon a child”
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Issues in Child abuse & Neglect
How to define?
Who gets to define?
Where to draw the line?
What to do about it?
SEXUAL ABUSEOTHER ABUSE
Parents and Family (75-85%)
Under age 40 (80%)
Substance abuse (50-80%)
Both male and female (though varies by type of abuse)
Anyone can abuse a child.
Complex interaction of many factors
Cultural/Religious Norms - “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child”
Triggering Event -
“Discipline” gone awry
Abuse - R.S. Mo. § 210.110
Child Abuse & Neglect
any physical injury, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse of child
other than by accidental means
by those responsible for the child’s care, custody and control,
except reasonable discipline
How is abuse discovered?
How does the legal system respond?
Private Civil Actions
Juvenile/Family Court Intervention