Worldwide many children go through abuse every year, disturbing all ethnicities cultures and religions, educational and socioeconomic levels. The most frequent form of child abuse is being left at home alone without grown-up supervision, also known as supervision neglect. All types of neglect explain for about 75% of the child-abuse reports made to child safety establishments. Other general forms of child abuse include physical neglect, physical assault, sexual assault and emotional abuse that involve physical touch.

Salma-Basharat3Salma Basharat has completed her MSC in Behavioral Sciences from Fatima Jinnah Women University After completing BSC in Botany, Zoology and Psychology. She did her 6 weeks internship in psychiatric ward of Benazir Bhutto hospital. Her areas of interest are mainly relationship counseling and addiction counseling.She is working with indoor as well as outdoor patients simultaneously with the aim of making difference in someone`s life and committed to the well being and restoration of her clients.

Editor: Itrat Zehra

Child abuse is far more than bump and bruises or broken bones. While physical abuse is appalling due to the marks it leaves, not all child abuse is as noticeable. Neglecting children’s needs, putting them in unsubstantiated, situations which are dangerous, or making a child feel valueless or dull are also child abuse. Despite of the form of child abuse, the consequence is serious emotional damage. When a parent or guardian or caregiver harms a child’s psychological and social growth, or causes serious emotional harm, it is taken as emotional abuse. At the same time as a single event may be abuse, most often emotional abuse is a model of behavior that causes damage over a longer period of time.

Breaking-the-Silence-Child-Abuse-1Sexual abuse takes place when a grown up uses a child for sexual intentions or involves a child in sexual actions. It also occurs when a child who is older or more influential uses another child for sexual satisfaction or excitement.

It might be very hard for a survivor of child abuse whether sexual or emotional to talk about the things that happened to them.  Many survivors cannot or do not talks about the maltreatment right away and sometimes they can’t even remember exactly about the abuse until they are grownups. Some adult survivors are of the view that because the abuse happened when they were young that it is already too late to begin talking about what happened and to repair.  This is actually not true at all. For healing to begin it’s never too late.