Recognizing Child Abuse

As survivors and others who consider child protection to be the most fundamental step in a new and healthy dialogue with the Church, we often encounter people who, in reaching out to us with care, still have no idea how to become part of the solution: Protecting Children Now.

Finding good resources to have on hand – bookmarked in our computers or mobile phones – is a great start. Here is one!

Villanova University published a video interview (below, one hour) featuring Cindy Christian MD and Anthony A. Latini, who is the Endowed Chair in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They discuss “How to Recognize Child Sexual Abuse and How to Help Those Suffering From It.”

This is a straight-forward talk about child abuse, what it can look like, how it might happen, why children don’t tell, and the ugly statistics which remind us of the ever important need of continued vigilance and education.

Often when we speak in parishes and other groups, adults really have no clear idea how to spot signs of child abuse — and they ask us for resources. Prevent Child Abuse America provides parent-directed resources, as does the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, along with the USCCB Secretariat for the Protection of Children and Young People.

This video is particularly insightful, offered by medical professionals who are knowledgeable about treating abuse children and working with law enforcement, social workers, and their parents.

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