How is “abuse” defined?

Wisconsin law defines “abuse” of a child to include any of the following:

(1) Physical injury inflicted on a child by other than accidental means. “Physical injury” includes but is not limited to lacerations, fractured bones, burns, internal injuries, severe or frequent bruising or great bodily harm.

(2) Sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a child under §§ 940.225, 948.02, 948.025, or 948.085.

(3) Sexual exploitation of a child.

(4) Permitting, allowing or encouraging a child to violate the statute prohibiting prostitution.

(5) Causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity.

(6) Exposing genitals or pubic area to a child or exposing a child’s genitals or pubic area.

(7) Manufacturing methamphetamine with a child present, or in a child’s home (including the premises of a child’s home or in a motor vehicle locates on the premises of a child’s home), or under any other circumstances in which a reasonable person should have known that the manufacture would be seen, smelled, or heard by a child.

(8) Emotional damage for which the child’s parent, guardian or legal custodian has neglected, refused or been unable for reasons other than poverty to obtain the necessary treatment or to take steps to ameliorate the symptoms.

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