There are countless and inconsistent definitions of child abuse. The best way to define it is “a wilful act that harms a child including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and neglect, as well the failure to provide a child’s basic needs”.
There are times when the child will experience different types of abuse overlapping, and there are times when one type of abuse may lead to another. It is also important to note that it is hard to categorise various forms of abuse. This leads to dilemmas in dealing with both the victim and perpetrator of the abuse.
Few statistics relating to child abuse are available in Saudi Arabia and there is a lack of research in this field. This can cause dilemmas on which schemes can help provide safety to these children and what steps society should take to help prevent child abuse.