Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
defines child abuse and neglect as:
a minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent
or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional
harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act
which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.
CAPTA, the term child is someone who has not reached the age
of 18; or (except in the case of sexual abuse) the age specified by
the child protection law of the state in which the child resides.
the minimum standards set by CAPTA, each state is responsible for
providing its own definitions of child abuse and neglect.
Information provided by The National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children, UNICEF,
The Children’s Bureau in the Administration
on Children, Youth and Families,
Administration for Children and Families,
U.S. Department of Health and Human
Political Consequences of Child Abuse ~ Alice Miller tells
us that people subjected to mistreatment in childhood may go on
insisting all their lives that beatings are harmless and
corporal punishment is salutary although there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Against Children Worldwide ~ In every region of the world, in
almost every aspect of their lives, children are subject to
unconscionable violence, most often perpetrated by the very
individuals charged with their safety and well-being.