Who will speak for the children in a world ruled by adults? Many professionals, parents, teachers and other experts have tried but even with their efforts children continue to be abused at an alarming rate. The physical and sexual abuse and neglect, children must endure in their own homes is detrimental. Victims of child abuse need a voice, at the rate in which society is speaking for them children will never escape their violent home life. In order for children to escape child abuse, society as a whole must pull together and help prevent and find means of stopping child abuse in its tracks. .
Child abuse consists of any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child's physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably explained and which is often represented by an injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental in nature. Three major forms of abuse are Neglect, Sexual abuse and Physical abuse. Neglect is a form of abuse where the parent has failed to provide for the child's basic needs. Neglect is the most common form of child abuse hence it is the easiest to occur. Parents who are not financially stable can be accused of not being properly able to take care of their children, and parents that do not send their children to school may be accused of neglect as well. While these cases do fit the definition of neglect they are not necessarily preventable acts. Unlike neglect, physical and sexual abuse, are easily preventable. Physical abuse is the inflicting of physical injury upon a child. This may include, burning, hitting, punching, shaking, kicking, beating, or otherwise harming a child. While sexual abuse is inappropriate sexual behaviour with a child. It includes fondling a child inappropriately, making a child fondle the adult, intercourse, incest, rape, sodomy, exhibitionism and sexual exploitation.