Statistics show that every year thousands of children are abused physically by a parent or someone they know. Child abuse is characterised by any actions of a carer that could potentially harm a child's mental or physical health. Research shows that many aggressors were abused themselves as children.
The main areas of child abuse are as follows: physical abuse; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; child labour/exploitation; neglect and abandonment.
Some people live with the effects of an event that happened in their childhood, especially if they didn't (or couldn't) seek support when it happened. Childhood sexual abuse, in particular, can have a huge impact on a person's mental health and well-being. Talking about these issues with a professional can help you process past emotions and help to address issues of trust and anger that may resurface in later life.