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Debunking Myths about Child Abuse

Stories of child abuse often appear in the news, each one as disturbing and heartbreaking as the next. Through these reports, along with the portrayal of abusive scenarios in other forms of media, many people may have certain assumptions regarding the circumstances in which abuse tends to occur.  However, these depictions of abuse are not […]

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Signs of Abuse for Mandated Reporters

Mandated reporters often interact with children at places like daycare, school, health care facilities, and activity centers, where their role is pivotal in protecting children from abuse. However, when mandated reporters are unable to distinguish which type of abuse is occurring – or whether the abuse is happening at all – taking the necessary and […]

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Identifying Psychological Abuse in Children

What is Psychological Abuse? In the context of child abuse, psychological abuse is a pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth. Also referred to as emotional abuse, this can include neglectful treatment and hostile behavior toward the child. This type of maltreatment can have a massive impact on children. […]

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The Epidemic of Elder Sexual Abuse

One form of maltreatment that is widely believed to be underreported is the sexual abuse of elderly adults. Elders who live in longtime care facilities are particularly vulnerable when their health conditions prevent them from being able to give consent or disclose their abuse. As discussed in STM Learning’s Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault, […]

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Abusive Head Injuries

Head injuries can occur in children for a variety of reasons; they could be the result of an accident, like falling down the stairs, or they could be caused by medical ailments. In some cases of pediatric head trauma, however, abuse may be a factor. Defining Abusive Head Trauma The CDC considers abusive head trauma […]

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Preventing Youth Suicide

Thursday is World Suicide Prevention Day, held each year on September 10 to promote awareness of suicide and prevention methods. How many are affected? In 2018, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States. Among children and adolescents in particular, suicide is the second highest cause of death. Suicide rates […]

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Failure to Thrive

What is “Failure to Thrive?” As a child ages, doctors use certain standards determine normal growth. These include height and weight categories the child should fall into depending on their age, ethnicity, and biological sex. While what is considered “normal” can definitely vary, a child’s lack of certain developmental conditions could be an indicator of […]

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The Impact of IPV

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can leave a lifetime impact on survivors, and it doesn’t only affect those who have been victimized directly. Children who have been exposed to the domestic abuse of a parent or sibling, for example, may still face enduring trauma as adults even if they were not maltreated themselves.  As illustrated within […]

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Sexual Violence on College Campuses

With school starting in the next few weeks, university students have a lot to think about: moving, schedules, the last-minute books and materials they need, and so on. Right now, both students and faculty are faced with even more stress than usual with classes are starting up in the middle of a pandemic. Unfortunately, COVID-19 […]

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Identifying and Responding to Human Trafficking

Thursday, July 30, is the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. According to the United Nations, nearly every country is impacted by human trafficking in some capacity. Identification Human trafficking is a massive violation of human rights, with an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 victims in the United States alone. It’s a crime that relies heavily […]

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