Actual abuse caused to a child’s body, should not be minimized, or compared to witnessing abuse.
The fear of ongoing abuse caused to a child’s body, causes considerable fear.
Physical abuse and sexual abuse, are also emotional/mental/psychological abuse and neglect.
The child not only fears it happening again, but knows what the abuse feels like and is having their body violated.
There are people minimizing this, by suggesting a child witnessing abuse only – is worse than a child actually enduring the abuse. Which is absolute rubbish and a complete minimization of a child enduring abuse to their own body. Such a lack of empathy for children enduring their body being violated.
Witnessing abuse is absolutely abuse and terrible, but cannot be compared to abuse a child is actually enduring to their body, plus all the fear that goes with that.