What is child abuse?

Child abuse is when abuse or violence happens to a minor. No matter who is doing it, the law protects you and your baby from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, harassment, domestic violence, and stalking.

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What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence happens when someone harms you (for example, hits, kicks, hurts, scares, throws things, pulls hair, pushes, follows, harasses, sexually assaults, etc.) or threatens to harm you.

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What is dating violence?

Dating violence is a form of domestic violence when the person you are dating hurts or threatens you. Dating violence includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

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What is rape?

Rape is one kind of sexual assault. Rape means forcing someone to have sexual intercourse.

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When is sex considered child abuse?

Mandated reporters must tell the police or CPS if they “reasonably suspect” child abuse. Child abuse can mean physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and sometimes even sex that you agreed to have.

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