How can I encourage a child to speak about his abuse?

To encourage a child to speak about child abuse, acknowledge his or her courage in speaking out. If you work with children, have a plan for supporting a child who discloses to you through the reporting period and in the days that follow. Regardless of how the child discloses, recognizing the possibility the child is being abused, believing the child and discussing the situation with him or her further will, in most cases, bring out further details. If a child discloses that he or she is being abused, never forget how hard it is for him or her to tell someone about abuse.

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Child Abuse

In most cases of child abuse, the abuser is someone the child knows; parent, relative, or family friend. Abuse can be emotional, neglect, sexual, or physical abuse. All types of abuse can cause permanent mental or emotional damage ...

to the child as they age. Many will turn to alcohol or drug use, and some may become withdrawn and depressed.

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