Cathy Cruikshank’s letter to the editor in the Nov. 4, 2020, Observer is exactly right: “… child pornography is an image of child abuse.”

“Child abuse,” Google tells us, “… is when a parent or caregiver … causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child … including … neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse.”

The Mayo Clinic adds, [at],

"Any intentional harm or mistreatment to a child under 18 years old is considered child abuse. … In many cases, child abuse is done by someone the child knows and trusts — often a parent or other relative. If you suspect child abuse, report the abuse to the proper authorities.

"If you're concerned that you might abuse your child, seek help immediately. These organizations can provide information and referrals:

• Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

• Prevent Child Abuse America: 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373)

"If you were abused as a child, get counseling to ensure you don't continue the abuse cycle or teach those destructive behaviors to your child. Remember, child abuse is preventable — and often a symptom of a problem that may be treatable."

Help is also available from the National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-4673, 24 hours every day.


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