Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Kauai

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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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.