There are always signs children display when being molested, presently (as well, as in past events.) Please understand that not all signs may be displayed … and, there may be others. My point is to be aware of the signs and the actions of your child.
It is important to consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the child:
• Has difficulty walking or sitting
• Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated or unusual sexual knowledge
• Becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease, especially if under the age of 14
• Complains of pain/itching in the genital area
• Has torn, stained or bloody underclothing
• Displays drawings or writing that may have strong or unusual sexual themes
• Repeatedly attempts to run away from home
• Is overly mature in appearance or behavior
• Expresses that s/he or another child is sexually involved with an adult
Often, behavior problems at school can be indicators of some form of abuse. For example, the child may:
• Be inhibited, shy, withdrawn and have extreme difficulty making friends or establishing peer relationships
• Be hyperactive, especially in younger children
• Exhibit signs of depression through such indicators as low self-esteem and suicidal or self-injurious behavior
• Begin to bed-wet, especially in younger children
• Be extremely promiscuous, especially between the ages of 11-13
• Act without seeming regard for personal safety and self-respect
• Begin abusing drugs and alcohol (even in younger children)
• Suddenly refuse to change for gym class or to participate in physical activities
• Begins to violate the law
However … one of the most important steps you can take … before a sexual predator can get to your child … is … to talk with them about child predators at the earliest age, possible.
My book … “The Promise Book; Tell Someone” … makes it easier for parents.
Debbie Barth is the author of the book … “The Promise Book; Tell Someone