Jump to navigation. Any one sign doesn't mean that a child was sexually abused, but the presence of several suggests that you begin asking questions and consider seeking help. Keep in mind that some of these signs can emerge at other times of stress such as:. Physical signs of sexual abuse are rare. If you see these signs, bring your child to a doctor.
Tip Sheet: Warning Signs of Possible Sexual Abuse In A Child's Behaviors
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There is also red flag behaviors you can identify if you know what to look for to help intervene in the grooming process. Direct physical signs of sexual abuse are not common. However, when physical signs are present, they may include bruising, bleeding, redness and bumps, or scabs around the mouth, genital, or anus. Urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, and abnormal vaginal or penile discharge are also warning signs. If you see physical signs of abuse, have your child examined by a professional immediately, or call the police. Child grooming is a deliberate process by which offenders gradually initiate and maintain sexual relationships with victims in secrecy.
Any sexual activity with a child by an adult or another child is sexual abuse. It causes physical and emotional pain. It has long-term effects on the child.
Every 9 minutes, government authorities respond to another report of child sexual abuse. These crimes can have a serious impact of the life and development of a child, and can continue to impact the survivor later in life. Learning the warning signs of child sexual abuse is often the first step to protecting a child that is in danger.