Child Abuse Effects

Child Abuse Effects:

Welcome to child abuse effects. My name is Darlene Barriere. Within the multitude of pages on this site, you'll find a host of information. You'll also find invitations to submit your own personal story of abuse, commentaries, articles, plus a variety of other related visitor contributions.

An overview of what you'll find here:

Whether you are an adult, a teen, or someone in-between, this site will provide you with:

¤  information on the effects of abuse
¤  definition of the four types of abuse:
          »  emotional abuse
          »  physical abuse
          »  sexual abuse
          »  child neglect
¤  for each of the above types of abuse:
          »  signs
          »  effects
          »  and statistics
¤  details on sexual abuse victims, including:
          »  why children don't tell
          »  male victims
          »  female victims
          »  victims with disabilities
¤  details on sex offenders, including:
          »  male offenders
          »  female offenders
          »  adolescent offenders
          »  child offenders
          »  incestuous offenders
          »  Internet offenders
¤  abuse laws
          »  duty to report
          »  statute of limitations
          »  age of majority
¤  information on abuse intervention
¤  information on abuse prevention
¤  blogs:
          »  site blog: updates to this site
          »  healing blog: daily posts on mind body spirit healing

Also on this Child Abuse Effects Site:

This site not only offers a wealth of information that is child abuse related. It is also a safe haven for those who have suffered and endured some form of abuse.

It is a place where you can share what you have been through. Your trials and tribulations. What you may have kept to yourself since childhood. What shame and self-blame have kept you from disclosing. Shame and self-blame that isn't yours to carry.

Keeping what happened to you a secret is exactly what your abuser wanted, and perhaps still wants. The problem with secrets is that they fester and create a prison for the person holding onto that secret. You don't deserve that.

You didn't deserve to be abused. You certainly don't deserve to carry shame, guilt or self-blame.

Your personal contribution will be handled with integrity:

If you do decide to share, know that your personal information will not be disclosed. No full names. First names only. Or initials. Or a pseudonym. No street addresses. No emails or other private information.

If such personal information is included in your contribution, they will be removed before they go live on the site. This is to ensure, not only your privacy, but also your safety.

My integrity is very important to me. Not only is your privacy ensured, but the sensitive nature of what you disclose will always be considered in the most respectful way. There will always be a person reading what is shared. I make appropriate edits before your story or article goes live on the site.

Comments on visitor contributions:

You don't ever have to worry about inappropriate comments on your personal contribution. All comments are screened before they ever see the light of day. If they are inappropriate in any way, they will be deleted without the chance of you or anyone else seeing them.

By all means, leave comments for others. Doing so can be very therapeutic. Just be respectful, understanding and supportive. No judgments here.

Categories for personal contributions:

Whether you're here to submit a personal contribution, or for more information on child abuse, let's get started . . .


NOTE: Information pages on this site were based on material from the Canadian Red CrossCanadian Red Cross RespectED Training Program. Written permission was obtained to use their copyrighted material on this site.

This page was updated April 3, 2014

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Indiana, USA

I am so glad that someone is making this cause well known and hoping to help these abused people. I really enjoyed reading the survivors stories even though it was really sad it was also very inspiring. It inspired me to help out and report any abuse that I see. I worked at a daycare and I saw some bruises on a little girl and they were not like oh I fell kind of bruises they were bruises from someones fist. I reported it and she was taken out of that home and now she is in a loving family that loves her. I found a song that relates to child abuse and it is concrete angel by Martina Mcbride if you wanted to add music to your blog. I just want to say thank you for making this blog and that your really are making a difference by informing us on child abuse and a lot more abuse thats out there. God bless


Missouri, USA

I am so opened up about what happened to me, to see I am not alone with my pain, anxiety, anger, rage, wanting to heal that there are others out there that maybe we all can help and get some help from each other. I really want to thank you Darlene for having the strength to let others know what happened to you so they would open up too. GOD BLESS YOU and everyone who has spoken the secret to let it flow out and into GOD'S hands.


California, USA

Thank you so much for creating this website. I came across it recently when I was researching child abuse. It helped me a lot when it came to looking at the victim's point of view. I hope your book goes well and helps to fight against child abuse...

Thanks again!