Ten Common Myths About Child Abuse
Myth 1 - Parents have the right to discipline their children however they see fit.
Fact 2 - Discipline must follow state law; despite what parents think is best. The method parents use cannot leave marks that last longer than 24 hours or more.
Myth 2 - Family and Children's Services (aka CPS) always removes children from their home after an abuse report.
Fact 2 - Approximately 1% - 2% of reports result in the removal of children from their home.
Myth 3 - Male children do not get sexually abused.
Fact 3 - 1 out of 6 boys have been, currently are, or will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
Myth 4 - If a male child is sexually abused, it means he is gay.
Fact 4 - Although 98% of all sexual abusers are male, sexual abuse has nothing to do with sexual orientation.
Myth 5 - Sexual abuse only happens by strangers, people that the child does not know.
Fact 5 - About 80% - 85% of all abuse victims are abused by someone they know, love, or trust.
Myth 6 - Children deserve abuse when they are so challenging to their parents they push them to the point where they have no choice.
Fact 6 - Being a parent is not easy, however, children NEVER deserve to be maltreated. If the situation escalates to the point of abuse, the parents need to get help immediately.
Myth 7 - One parent must be arrested after a report of abuse is made.
Fact 7 - Not necessarily. The goal is to keep the family unit intact, unless the child is in danger.
Myth 8 - A parent's choice to be abusive is only excusable if it is a well known cultural practice.
Fact 8 - False. Parents must follow Hawaii law regarding child abuse, regardless of cultural background.
Myth 9 - If you were abused as a child, you will abuse your children as a parent.
Fact 9 - 75% of abused kids grow up and DO NOT abuse their children.
Myth 10 - You cannot make a report about past abuse.
Fact 10 - It is never too late to report abuse because the information will be kept on file in case another abuse situation arises.
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Did you know that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 4 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday?
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