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abuse of distress

The wrongful or unlawful use or sale of property that has been seized in order to force payment or the performance of some contractual obligation (known in law as the process of distress or distrain). It was a clear case of abuse of distress: the landlord, without a court order, changed the locks on the door and then seized and sold the tenants' belongings only an hour after serving them a notice of eviction.
See also: abuse, distress, of

abuse of privileges

The wrongful or unlawful misuse of power in one's duties, either at the expense of others or to the advantage of the abuser. The governor displayed a flagrant abuse of privileges, channeling state funds toward a project owned by her son-in-law at the expense of more worthwhile causes. The moderator was deemed to have committed an abuse of privileges, deleting comments that opposed his own.
See also: abuse, of, privilege

be wide open to (something)

To be a likely target of anger, criticism, or judgment. You will be wide open to discipline if you keep coming into work late. Because I'm an artist and all of my siblings are doctors, I'm always wide open to criticism at family functions.
See also: open, wide

abuse (oneself)

To masturbate. A: "Why is he all embarrassed today?" B: "Oh, his crush walked in on him abusing himself. How horrifying is that?"
See also: abuse

abuse oneself

To masturbate.
See also: abuse
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Department of Justice found that children abused are twice as likely to be abused again.
It should be kept in mind that 35% of the children who have been abused are abused again and 5-10% of these children may lose their lives (21).
Women who had experienced forced sex once or repeatedly before adulthood had 34%-69% higher risk of diabetes than did women who were not sexually abused as girls.
Anyone being abused, or concerned about abuse, is urged to contact the HSE Information Line on 1850 24 1850, or a GP, public health nurse or social worker.
The simple way to understand this is to see that as stresses increase on a family and accessible resources decrease, the risk of the children being abused and neglected climbs - especially if parents or caregivers have been exposed to violence or abuse themselves.
In this sample, the percentage of subjects who abused alcohol was higher among those with histories of emotional abuse.
In terms of demographic characteristics, men who had been abused and men who had not differed chiefly with regard to race and ethnicity: The proportions who were Latino and black were significantly greater among men with a history of abuse (28% and 47%, respectively) than among those reporting no childhood abuse (18% and 43%); 20% of men reporting abuse were white, compared with 32% of men not reporting abuse.
* A child aged under three with a humeral fracture has a one-in-two chance of having been abused
Women with substance abuse problems were more likely to also have intimate partners and/or caregivers who abused substances and describe experiences that reflected impaired decision-making.
She had been a victim of child abuse by her father, and she was physically, verbally, and sexually abused by two husbands.
Whatever the situation that families and children find themselves in, the impact on children is clear--those who have been abused struggle to properly access the academic curriculum and to learn effectively.
The horror of youngsters using anabolic steroids really hits home when you consider the story of Taylor Hooten, a talented high school athlete from Plano, TX, who abused anabolic steroids and suffered from extreme depression once he withdrew from them.
is an intimate and searchingly memorable collection of many touching and informative stories from the lives of many abused peoples wishing to let known their perspective of the abuse they once encountered and their accounts of forgiveness.
The prescription drugs most often abused by teens are painkillers, antianxiety medications (benzodiazepines), stimulants, and steroids--powerful drugs that carry real health risks.
Some of the most dangerous substances abused by your students may be found in the home--and even in schools.