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How can you help an abused child?

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Depending on the situation, there are many ways you can help the child:

It’s best to not confront the abuser yourself. Instead, contact police and let them handle it.

  • If he needs medical care right away, call 911.
  • Take him to the hospital -- it’s a haven for abused children. Doctors can check for signs of abuse and give medical care.
  • If you think someone like a baby sitter or day-care worker has abused your child, keep her away from that person and contact police.
  • Help the child get therapy to start healing the emotional damage of the abuse.
  • Make sure she feels supported and knows this is not her fault.

From: Possible Signs of Child Abuse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Child Abuse.”

Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: “What Is Child Abuse?”

Mayo Clinic: “Child Abuse.”

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services: “Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect.”

HelpGuide.org: “Child Abuse and Neglect.”

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: “Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Child Abuse.”

Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: “What Is Child Abuse?”

Mayo Clinic: “Child Abuse.”

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services: “Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect.”

HelpGuide.org: “Child Abuse and Neglect.”

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: “Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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