There are probably hundreds of thousands of articles written out there to explain the gravity and ruthlessness of physically and sexually harming a child. For the people concerned about the protection and welfare of children, there is nothing more painful than seeing one with bruises, wounds, and other signs of physical trauma. The law is even very stringent and firm when it comes to offenders and abusers who are guilty of inflicting physical pain to children and teens.
But how about emotional abuse; is it something that we also have to be concerned of? Though it is pretty uncommon for child abuse cases, emotional torture is still a very disturbing crime, which can lead to different consequences for the victim. In fact, it can wreak harsh damage to the child’s psychological, emotional, and mental state. Some victims cannot even survive the trauma and live on to see a bleak future ahead of them. Emotional abuse may consist of the following:
- Rejection by parents due to causes like lack of affection and love or as a form of punishment
- Embarrassing and humiliating a child in front of others especially friends, neighbors, or schoolmates
- Bullying, making threats, or anything that degrades the entire person of the child victim
- Negatively comparing the child to someone better than him/her
- Forcing the child to do watch violent and sexually explicit material over the internet or TV by instilling fear and the possibility of physical abuse if he/she does not comply
- Putting the child in isolation whenever he/she commits a mistake
One may think that emotional abuse is not as serious and grave as physical abuse. Nonetheless, when it is practiced consistently, long term effects would soon appear. If this happens, the entire future and life of the victim will be tarnished with trauma from the abuse he/she experienced when he/she was still young.