Trigger Warning: this blog contains mentions and examples of abuse, neglect, and other sensitive/potentially triggering material.
“At least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year, and this is likely an underestimate.” -Center for Disease Control, April 2020.
This is a startling statistic.
Count the seven closest people around you. One of them has likely endured childhood abuse and/or neglect. The fact that this statistic is likely an underestimate can lead one to believe that more than one of those 7 people has suffered through child abuse or neglect and shows many cases go unreported.
Let’s talk about what abuse is.
There are a few different types, and I will give short illustrations of each one.
Forms of abuse and neglect: