We can talk with you about your problems, in private. And we will keep you safe.
There are many things that we can do to help make things better for you, and keep you safe.
Hitting, pushing and yelling can all be types of abuse. Neglecting, refusing to support and not providing appropriate food and shelter can all be abuse. Abusing kids is wrong. It is never your fault.
If you think you’re a victim of abuse or you think that a friend is being abused – we can help. If you are hurt or afraid, we are here to help you.
Please call us
- If you are experiencing serious conflict in your family
- If you are being or have been abused or neglected, orÂ you are afraid you will be
- If you are aware of another child or youth who may beÂ abused or neglected
- If you know or suspect that another child or youth isÂ exposed to domestic violence
- If you need help regarding a pregnancy
- If, as a parent, you find the stress becomingÂ overwhelming
- If your parents abuse drugs or alcohol, and you do notÂ feel safe
- If you were kicked out of your house and have nowhereÂ to stay
If you need help now call us. We’re here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1.800.265.8300
Types of Abuse
Child abuse and neglect includes the following behaviour by an adult to a child under age 16. Abuse can happen repeatedly or just once:
- Physical and emotional harm
- Sexual behaviour or suggestion
- Failure to provide proper care
- Depriving support, medical care and affection
- Exposure to domestic violence
- Any physical attack (repeatedly or occurring just once)
- Any physical harm caused by lack of care
- Emotional Abuse
- Constant yelling
- Demeaning remarks
- Being rejected or ignored
- Verbal attacks
- Exposure to domestic violence
- Invitation to sexual touching
- Being touched sexually
- Exposing genitals
- Exposing to pornography
Failing to provide:
- Adequate food and shelter
- Medical or psychological treatment
Signs of Abuse
Everyone reacts differently to abuse and neglect. Signs of abuse and neglect can vary greatly from one child to another.
Signs of abuse include:
- Facial injuries in infants and preschool children
- Several injuries that are in various stages of healing
- Afraid of adults
- Extreme aggression
- Extreme withdrawal
- Severe depression
- Frequent absence from school
- Engaged in delinquent acts or alcohol/drug abuse
- Sexually explicit drawing or descriptions
- Seductive behaviour
What to do
Sometimes abuse goes on for a long time, and kids don’t want to tell because they think they did something wrong.
Even if the person hurting you says it’s a game or that you’ll get in trouble if you say anything, you should tell anyway. You haven’t done anything wrong. You won’t get in trouble for talking to a professional.
If you are worried about yourself or a friend, please talk to someone you trust. You can talk to a teacher or your principal, or you can call us.
A grown-up that you trust can help you. He or she can help you speak with someone at the Children’s Aid Society to talk about your problems and ways to keep you safe.
You are important to us. You can call us anytime– day or night, to talk about your problems, or to ask for help. We are here to keep you safe.
You can also call the Kid’s Help Phone at 1.800.668.6868.