Signs of Child Sexual Abuse

Warning Signs of an Abused Child

  • Nightmares
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Bed wetting
  • Change in appetite
  • Fear of certain people, places, activites
  • Mood swings: Rage, Anger, Fear, anxiety, insecure or withdrawn
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Feeling shameful or guilty
  • Isolating oneself
  • Withdrawl from someone
  • Resisting removing clothes when appropriate times (bedtime, bathtime)
  • Change in academics
  • Running away from home
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Acting out sexually
  • Exhibits adult sexual behaviors, knowledge, and language.

Signs more common in Adolescents

  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Injury
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Promiscuous activity
  • Running away
  • Suicidal
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Academic problems

Signs of an adult who may be sexually abusing your child

  • Giving a child special attention
  • Trying to spend a lot of time alone with a child
  • Buying child expensive gifts or giving them money
  • Treating a child as a “favorite” from other children
  • Physical affection towards child: Kissing, hugging, holding hands, or wanting to be very close to a child.

If a child discloses abuse

  • Listen to the child
  • Let them know they did the right thing by telling
  • Tell them this is not their fault
  • Say you believe them
  • Let child know they are safe now and won’t be hurt again
  • Report abuse immediately to police