Intercourse, genital contact and exposing a child to pornography are some of the actions categorized under sexual abuse. Emotional abuse, on the other hand, refers to the act of an adult inflicting emotional harm to a child using words or actions (Blakemore& Frith 95). Lastly, neglect is the failure of a parent or guardian to provide the basic physical, educational, medical and emotional needs of the child. Neglect exposes the child to risks and infections that lower their chances of survival.
Child maltreatment is a topic that gained traction since 1960s and continued ever since. Children, despite the economic background of their parents, should not experience any form maltreatment. Furthermore, there is a direct correlation between maltreated children and the number of juvenile delinquents in jail (Burgess, Robert & MacDonald 79). This statistics, among many others, highlights the importance of stemming child abuse from society. In addition, child maltreatment has long-term effects on the individuals who were affected. This abuse later alters with the child’s development in terms of perceptual-motor coordination, behavior, learning ability and other important