What Is Considered Abuse?

Whether abuse happens to a man, woman, child or animal, there is no disputing that you would never do the things listed below to a friend.  If you wouldn’t do these things to a friend, why on earth would you do any of these things to someone three times smaller?  Only a bully would……I guess!!!!!  Here are some examples of different kinds of abuse.

Physical abuse:

  • Slapping
  • Punching
  • Shoving
  • Pinching
  • Burning
  • Hitting with belts, switches, or other weapons
  • Washing mouth out with soap
  • Kicking
  • Pulling hair
  • Yanking on limbs
  • Throwing objects
  • Cutting

Emotional Abuse:

  • Ignoring
  • Belittling
  • Invalidation
  • Failing to provide a safe and emotionally nurturing environment
  • Failing to protect from the harm of others
  • Neglecting physical and dental health needs
  • Starving
  • Punishing for being hungry
  • Constant criticism or consistent failure to praise

Verbal Abuse:

  • Calling derogatory names
  • Screaming
  • Interrupting

Sexual Abuse:

  • Forcing to view porn
  • Forced affection as a prelude to unsolicited sexual advances
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Any type of recording or photographing of sexual encounters without the permission of all parties involved

There are certainly more examples.  If you know of or can think of more, please feel free to add your comment so that I can update my list.  Additionally, abuse is subjective- meaning, two adults engaging in mutually agreed upon sexual behavior is not considered abusive, i.e. BDSM or playful wrestling as foreplay.  If either party feels coerced by any means, it’s WRONG!

I personally do not condone slang or culture derived labeling of others related to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or intellect.   I think bitch, ‘hoe, and beyotch are all derogatory to females and should never be used or tolerated.  Likewise, calling a male an asshole, prick, or sonofabitch should never be used or tolerated.  Everyone deserves dignity and respect, of which, respect is earned and is not something that can be expected of others that you mistreat.

This philosophy should especially be taken in consideration of what we wish to teach the impressionable young as they try to figure out what kind of human being they are going to be in life.  That said, most children are indoctrinated with the beliefs and behaviors of those who came before them because they have no other frame of reference.  Do YOU care enough to rise to the challenge of challenging the outdated child-rearing practices that have been handed down from generations past?  Surly, there are people who were never been spanked, or screamed at, or criticized to the point of self loathing- and they turned out just fine too!