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It’s easy to spot abuse in children and vulnerable people because they will always tell.
The signs of child abuse aren't always obvious, and a child might not tell anyone what's happening to them. Children might be scared that the abuser will find out, and worried that the abuse will get worse. They might think that there’s no-one they can tell or that they won’t be believed. Sometimes, children don't even realise that what's happening is abuse. The effects of abuse may be short term or may last a long time - sometimes into adulthood. Helplines can be found at Statutory Contacts
A person with a disability is less vulnerable to abuse than a person without a disability.
Not every child with a disability is vulnerable in every situation. However it can be said that certain factors may mean that children with a disability are more vulnerable and could therefore be more open to abuse.
Historically, children with a disability have been encouraged to comply with other people’s wishes, for example, in residential homes and hospitals and this has meant they are more vulnerable to be bribed and manipulated
Bullying only happens when an individual hits another person.
Bullying can take many forms, but the three main types are:
• physical (e.g. hitting, kicking, theft);
• verbal (e.g. racist or sectarian remarks, threats, name-calling); and
• emotional (e.g. isolating an individual from the activities and social acceptance of his peer group)
• cyberbullying (e.g. bullying using technology)