Child abuse or child maltreatment is any act, or failure to act, by a parent or other caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child. It includes all forms of physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, or neglect, and can occur in a child’s home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with.
In Western countries, preventing child abuse is considered a high priority, and detailed laws and policies exist to address this issue. Different jurisdictions have developed their own definitions of what constitutes child abuse for the purposes of removing a child from his/her family and/or prosecuting a criminal charge.
Ohio legal holidays: April - Ohio Child Abuse Awareness Month.
The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) is sponsoring a statewide campaign for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in April. The goals of the campaign are to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention and urge all Ohioans to take an active role in making their communities a better place for families and children.
Source: jfs.ohio.gov | wikipedia.org