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Unchecked, child abuse leads to a disturbed adult life.
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Child abuse distorts and destroys a child’s development and has serious consequences that affect the child for life. At worst, it can end in the death of the child. In between these possible consequences, many children live their lives unloved, fearful and without hope.
LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES OF CHILD ABUSE
Psychological Impact
  • Depression
  • Increased anxiety
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
Relational Skills
  • Poor peer relationships
  • Difficulty at work
  • Aggression
Risk Behaviours
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug abuse
  • Early sexual activity
Evidence shows that the physical, psychological and behavioural consequences of child abuse also has a serious impact on the immediate family, and the impact on the community as a whole.