Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to recognize the harsh reality that millions of children in America are abused each year. It is also an opportunity to talk about ways to prevent abuse. Teen girls who have been rescued from child sex trafficking, and are now residing at StreetLightUSA were asked about their observations on child abuse.
“There are many types of abuse: emotional, physical, sexual and verbal.”
“Abuse is inhumane treatment. It is misusing a person or thing for a purpose it was not meant for.
“Abuse is hurting someone on purpose or putting down someone’s self-esteem.”
“Physical abuse is hurting someone [to bring about] obedience.”