I wish we didn't need to talk about child abuse. I wish it just never happened. But it does and we need to speak about, read about it, inform ourselves, so we can help to protect every single child.
Parent24 has dozens of articles that could help to identify if I child is being abused, and act in the best interests of the child. We also share moving stories of readers who themselves have been abused, in the hope that it could encourage other victims to seek help and spark compassion in bystanders.
Heartlines is encouraging everyone to share their stories, create awareness and uplift each other.
16 Days of Activism
For every woman and child violently abused, there's an abuser.
Phone numbers to help in a medical emergency, poisoning, missing child and abuse situations.
How to spot child abuse and what to do:
If you know or suspects that a child is being physically or sexually abused, you have a legal and moral responsibility to report it.
Here’s what to do if you suspect a child might be being abused.
Know the signs to look out for when your child is being abused.
Children of all ages are vulnerable to abuse. It's a horrible issue to have to confront, but here's why we all should.
Here is some helpful advice to assist someone you suspect may be a victim of domestic abuse. Family violence may be fatal, so it's vital to act, and act in the right way to support the victim.
If you are currently in an abusive situation, the following information could assist you.
A father, a teacher, an uncle – it could be anyone. How abuse happens is a scary process.
The idea of child abuse at a daycare centre fills me with murderous rage, says Sam Wilson.
Abuse isn’t the only way to harm a child – neglect can be as destructive.
How to check if there's a paedophile working near your child in SA.
Spot depression in children and know what to do.
Unbuckled children in cars? Maniacs with a kid on a motorbike? Here's how to report bad parents.
There seem to be more and more stories of abuse in crèches. How safe is your child really?
How to help your abused child:
Just how much does trauma affect children, and what should we as parents do to help?
Sexual abuse and violence affects families and other relationships.
Children are being raped, murdered and abused by those they should be able to trust the most: Their families. What can be done?
Are your child’s fears and anxieties getting too much for him? It could be time to get some outside help. A psychologist advises.
Help sons (and other boys) become men who will never rape.
Giving your child a funny name for his private parts could place him in danger.
Watch this cartoon designed to teach your child about the dangers of child abuse.
Research on the effects of abuse:
Researchers use 9 potentially negative childhood experiences to predict possible long-term negative effects.
Studies show that abused, maltreated kids have sex sooner.
Abused kids may grow up to have arthritis.
A Mom's past can be a deciding factor to her baby's health.
Violent and dysfunctional homes:
Growing up with an alcoholic father, Elizabeth Durand feels that alcoholics shouldn't be allowed to have kids.
This reader gives an opinion on the sexual abuse plaguing young South Africans.
Recommendations to stop sexual assault of young people in South Africa.
It's Teen Suicide Prevention Week from the 14-21 February and it's important for parents to keep an eye out for these signs.
If your punishments and disciplinary styles are making you feel guilty, you might be using an inappropriate method of parenting.
More than half of SA's children have suffered physical abuse, according to a new report.
How we raise, and then separate from, our boys helps them develop security in their masculinity, which our ultraviolent society desperately needs. And it starts at a young age, with us parents.
New internet safety campaign may have you thinking twice about who is REALLY chatting to your child online.
What drives family members who cover up acts of sexual abuse?
Do parents panic too much about the possibility their kids will be molested?
Should abusers or murderers of children be banned from reproducing?
The levels to which some parents stoop is no laughing matter. How can this horror happen every day to innocent children?
Readers share their stories:
A Parent24 reader shares her traumatic experience of being sexually abused as a child.
A reader shares every mother’s nightmare, the rape of her child.
Former beauty pageant star accuses her father of raping her as a child. [VIDEO]
This reader shares about her life.
Why do kids always have to bear the brunt of humanity’s worst side, asks a dad of two.
After having lived with abuse for so long it's hard to trust any man.
Abuse may make your eyes glaze over, but it’s different when it’s your kid.