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If you were abused as a child did you know you are more likely to experience major depression. Would you recognize the signs of a clinical depression? Do you know where to find help? Learn how to get the help you need.

Emotional Abuse Defined
Emotional abuse leaves no visible marks, but damages the mental health of its victims. People say words cannot hurt us, but anyone who has been emotionally abused would likely disagree.

Family Watchdog and Halloween Safety
Family Watchdog is a site that alerts families to sex offenders moving into or out of the area. It is helpful to use a site like Family Watchdog when planning Halloween activities.

Foster Parents, Foster Children, and Foster Homes
Foster parent's can make or break the experience for a child who is taken into the custody of the state and placed into a foster home. Foster Parents are angels in disguise. Learn more about what it means to be a foster parent.

How Childhood Abuse Affects the Adult Survivor
The long term affect of childhood abuse varies based on many variables that affect how someone handles the abuse as an adult. Learn how adult survivors are affected or not affected by their childhood abuse.

Inappropriate Touching Defined
It is important to teach children what is inappropriate touching and what is safe touching. In addition, teach children to say "no" to a grown up that they do not want to touch them. This empowers children to stand up for themselves.

Incest Defined
Incest is a sexual relationship between close blood relatives and is illegal in all states. Incestuous relationships are a form of child sexual abuse, and may be classified as rape if the person is under the legal age of consent.

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP)
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP) is medical child abuse. This occurs when the parent or care giver fabricates symptoms of an illness causing the child to undergo needless hospitalizations, labs, and diagnostic tests. Everything is a fabrication. Munchausen Syndrome by proxy is a factitious disord

Narcissistic Personality Disorder & Parenting
A narcissistic parent is one who feeds off their child's accomplishments, and is demanding emotionally. Children living with a parent with Narcissistic Personality Disorder often feel they are never good enough in their parents eyes. Was your mother or father a narcissistic parent?

National Child Abuse Hotline
Is life chaotic and overwhelming? Do you feel like you might lose control and hurt someone? Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Learn how the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline has been working to prevent child abuse since 1982, and how they can help you.

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