How to Tell If a Child is being or has been Abused

Information collected and written by Adedayo Emmanuel via LinkedIn

Hello there, I came across very useful data on signs that a child is undergoing or has undergone sexual abuse. We need to care regardless of whether we know the child or not because in every child there is a future. Let care for our generations, gone and to come. Seek help if you notice signs that a child is undergoing sexual abuse. Keeping silent makes you an enemy.

Indicators of Child Sexual Abuse

Do you know that it is possible for you to know that your child is been abused sexually? Do you also know that it is possible for you as parent or guardian to detect the possibility of your child being abused?The onus greatly lie on parents, guardians and teachers or mentors to detect the possibility of this evil occurrence and give that child the ability, right and strength to make the right decision. The reason being that, "MOST OF THE TIME, YOU WILL NOT BE THERE WHEN THE ACT TAKES PLACE". Let me itemize some of the behavioral/emotional indicators:

Sexual

• Over attention to adults of a particular sex.
• Displaying unusual interest in the genitals of others.
• Acting out adult sexual behavior with adults, dolls or other children.
• Open displays of sexuality, for example, repeated public masturbation.
• Precocious knowledge of sexual matters.
• Promiscuity, repetitious sexually precocious behavior.


Possible behavioral indicators

• Displaying low self esteem.
• Tending to be withdrawn, passive, tearful.
• Displaying aggressive or demanding behavior.
• Being highly anxious.
• Showing delayed speech.
• Acting like a much younger child, for example, soiling or wetting pants.
• Displaying difficulties in relating to adults and peers.
• Stealing food.• Staying at school outside school hours.
• Often being tired, falling asleep in class.
• Abusing alcohol or drugs.
• Displaying aggressive behavior.
• Not getting on well with peers.
• Poor peer relationships, family and/or child appear socially isolated.
• Reluctance to undress, for example, for school sporting functions.
• Excessive bathing.
• Inappropriate displays of affection between child and parent (usually father) that appear lover-like rather than parent-like (father may be excessively overprotective towards daughter, restrict her social activities or inquisitive of her sexuality).


General
• Sudden changes in mood or behavior.• Difficulty sleeping, nightmares.• Regressed behavior, bed wetting, separation anxiety, insecurity.• Change in eating patterns including preoccupation with food.• Lack of trust in familiar adults, fear of strangers, fear of men.• Lack of appropriate role boundaries in family, child fulfills parental role.• Acting out behavior, aggression, lying, stealing, unexplained running away, drug or alcohol abuse, suicide attempts.• Withdrawn behavior• passivity• excessive compliance• mood swings or depression• Learning problems at school, loss of concentration, unexplained drop in school performance. 

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