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.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.
LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES OF CHILD ABUSE
- Increased anxiety
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Poor peer relationships
- Difficulty at work
- Drug abuse
- Early sexual activity