Did You Know Emotional Child
Abuse Is A Global Problem?

Emotional Child AbuseChildren Used in Military Campaigns

Emotional child abuse can severely damage a child’s mental health and/or social development, leaving lifelong psychological scars that can lead to a mental disorder such as an anxiety disorder.

Emotional abuse starts in the home as soon as the child is born. Its effects are horrendous because it affects the victim for the rest of his or her life. It likens a disease that starts off silently and when it becomes full blown, it holds its victim prisoner. A very young child does not know if it is being abused or not.

Children need to feel secure and loved. They need predictability, structure, clear boundaries, and the knowledge that their parents are looking out for their safety.

An abused child’s world is an unpredictable and frightening place. Whether the abuse is a slap, a harsh comment, stony silence, or not knowing if there will food on the table, the end result is that they feel unsafe, uncared for, unloved and alone.

Examples of emotional child abuse include:

  • Constant belittling, shaming, and humiliating a child
  • Calling names and making negative comparisons to others
  • Telling a child he or she is “no good," "worthless," "bad," or "a mistake."
  • Frequent yelling, threatening, or bullying.
  • Ignoring or rejecting a child as punishment, giving him or her the silent treatment.
  • Limited physical contact with the child—no hugs, kisses, or other signs of affection.
  • Exposing the child to violence or the abuse of others such as a parent, a sibling, or even a pet.

Children Used In Military Campaigns

Another example of emotional child abuse concerns the use of children fighting in military campaigns. It is a shameful practice that has continued for centuries. What is more shocking is that it is continued today in countries in crisis.

War Child International estimates that about 300,000 children under the age of 18 have been coerced or induced to take up arms.

Amnesty international adds that while the majority of child soldiers are between 15 and 18 years of age, recruitment starts at the tender age of 10. Orphan charity SOS Children's Villagers report 2 million children have been killed in conflict over the last 10 years.

These shocking statistics represent the voices of children who have been scarred physically, emotionally and mentally by military conflict causing mental health disorders such as P.T.S.D. and depression.

Emotional child abuse leave lasting scars that effects a child throughout life. It can damage a child’s sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships, and ability to function at home, at work and at school.

Effects Of Emotional Child Abuse

Emotional Child Abuse Can Cause:

  • damage to a child’s sense of self, core feelings of worthlessness because you were told relentlessly that you were "stupid" or "no good"
  • inability to have healthy relationships because you don't know what a healthy relationship is due to exposure to constant control and or abuse, 
  • inability to function at home, at school, at work.
  • distrust in relationships due to lack of love and emotional needs by a primary caregiver because if you can't trust your parents or caregiver, who can you trust - this damages the most fundamental relationship as a child. this leads to fear of intimacy as an adult.
  • lack of motivation as an adult to strive for a better education, job or more money because you do not feel that you can do it or that you are worth more.
  • trouble expressing your feelings which you have stuffed down into your body which will then come out in unexpected ways such as body aches and pain, anxiety, depression, and perhaps an anger disorder.
  • addiction problems such as binge eating and or drinking, gambling, sexual promiscuity - all of this to numb painful feelings and emotions.
To find out more about abuse and the effects of child abuse, you can go to: Child Abuse Effects

 Identifies the four types of child abuse, including signs, effects and statistics for each. Details the impact on sexual abuse victims, profiles sex offenders, and provides a forum to write your own child abuse story.

For information, advice and support, call the National Abuse Hotline which is open 24/7 at 1-800-422-4453.

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