child abuse

You are a 7th grade teacher. Recently, Summer, one of your students, has become very sad and withdrawn. Today, her best friend told you that Summer’s 19 year old cousin Sandy is doing "bad things" to her.

Please address the following:

1. How would you respond to Summer’s friend?

2. What are your legal obligations?

3. How do you talk to Summer about this?

4. Discuss the impact child abuse may have on the child’s future, including emotional, physical, social, financial and other impacts.

5. Discuss the impacts on the extended family, considering that a relative is perpetrating the abuse.