Child Abuse Definitions
Physical abuse (C.R.S. 19-1-103) states “Any case in which a
child exhibits evidence of skin bruising, bleeding, malnutrition, failure to
thrive, burns, fracture of any bone, subdural hematoma, soft tissue
swelling, or death and either: Such condition or death is not justifiably
explained; the history given concerning such condition is at variance
with the degree or type of such condition or death; or the
circumstances indicate that such condition may not be the product of an
accidental occurrence;” When someone hurts a child badly enough to
cause an injury, break a bone, leave a bruise, a cut, or some other mark.
For example, shaking a baby or using an object to spank a child that
leaves a mark.
Emotional abuse (C.R.S. 19-1-103) states “Any case in which a
child is subjected to emotional abuse.” Emotional abuse means an
identifiable and substantial impairment of the child’s intellectual or
psychological functioning or development, or a substantial risk of
impairment of the child’s intellectual or psychological functioning or
development. Emotional abuse is an adult’s words or actions that lead
a child to be harmful to themselves or others. Emotional abuse can be
terrorizing, isolating, exploiting, and rejecting.
Sexual abuse (C.R.S. 19-1-103) states “Any case in which a child is
subjected to sexual assault or molestation, sexual exploitation, or
prostitution;” Child sexual abuse occurs when a child is used for the
sexual gratification of another. Sexual abuse also includes taking
pornographic pictures or making a child available for prostitution.