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According to the book Adult Children of Abusive Parents ,

physical abuse is "any non accidental physical injury, including

ones that result in bruises, welts, broken bones, scars, or

serious internal injuries." Imagine you are a young eight year

old child, you're life is pretty average, you go to school, come

home and do homework. Only one thing sets you apart from your

classmates, you have bruises to cover up, they don't. Imagine

coming home every day, and being beaten with a golf club, a

stick, or an extension cord. Imagine begin forced to spend time

in a cage, or sleep underneath you parents car, with only a piece

of cardboard. Imagine not having enough to eat, or being forced

to do difficult yard work with only your bare hands. This is

just the unsafe situation that thousands of kids have to come

home to. In America, there are many people concerned for these

children, and that is good, but they are overlooking an important

group of kids being abused just as badly, and most people just

don't look at it as seriously as physical abuse.

This is called

emotional abuse.

According to the same book Adult Children of Abusive Parents ,

emotional abuse "includes unreasonable demands put on a child

that are beyond her\his capabilities and may include persistent

teasing, belittling, or verbal attacks." The effects on the

child are usually the following: he\she becomes depressed or

apathetic, they are anti-social and hostile in nature, loss of

appetite, refusal to eat and\or if the child doesn't feel love,

food may be used as a substitute, often resulting in obesity

ð 7 3 Sh(taken from the Childhelp USA pamphlet).

Verbal abuse can be very damaging to kids. The old saying

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words...