Child Abuse Myth or fact – the answers.

So here are the answers from our last post, about child protection myths:

1. Homosexual men are more likely to sexually abuse than heterosexual men. 

Incorrect – Despite a common myth, homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.

2. Children in single parent families are more likely to be neglected

Incorrect – This is a negative stereotype. Child abuse is just as likely where there are two parents.

 3. Abuse very rarely happens in respectable families.

Incorrect – There is no evidence that links socio-economic status, race, or educational level to abuse and neglect. Abusers come from a wide range of social backgrounds and may well be married, well liked and well-respected members of a community. Child abuse occurs within every neighbourhood and school community across the country.

4. Children of same sex parents are likely to be subjected to sexual abuse

Incorrect – Children of same sex parents are more likely to be the subject of bullying because of prejudiced views about homosexuality. They are no more or less likely to be abused than children in a heterosexual household.

5. Abuse doesn’t affect a child with learning disabilities as much as it does a non disabled child.

Incorrect – The available UK evidence on the extent of abuse among disabled children suggests that disabled children are at increased risk of abuse, and that the presence of multiple disabilities appears to increase the risk of both abuse and neglect.


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