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What if I Think My Child Has Been Abused

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Emotional Signs of Sexual Abuse...

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Younger Children
  • Nightmares or disturbed sleeping patterns
  • Bed wetting
  • Fecal soiling
  • Fecal smearing
  • Regression to more infantile behavior
  • Loss of appetite
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Withdrawing or cling behavior
The Power to Effect Change

At Children's Recovery Center, we never lose sight of what drives our efforts: Dedicated people who are ready to make change happen now. 

More than 800,000 children are confirmed as victims of abuse or neglect each year in the U.S.

Older Children
  • Change in School performance
  • Eating disorders, sudden weight gain or loss
  • Suicide attempts
  • Self-mutilation - Cutting or rubbing with erasers
  • Depression and withdrawal
  • Poor self-image
  • Chemical abuse
  • Running away or aversion toward going home
  • Change in hygiene habits
  • Physical signs of Sexual Abuse are Rare...
  • Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment, followed by physical abuse. 
  • Younger children (ages 0-6) are the most vulnerable to abuse. 
  • One in four girls and one in five boys will be sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18. 
  • Perpetrators often consist of family members, friends, and acquaintances. 95% of all victims know their perpetrators.
  • There are a large percentage of children who do not disclose abuse until adulthood, if ever at all. 
  • Some consequences of child sexual abuse include fear, loneliness, self-blame, poor self-esteem, anger,  and mental health issues.
  • Disclosure of child sexual abuse is a process. It is estimated that only one in ten child victims disclose abuse.
  • Physical signs of abuse are rare. Emotional signs of sexual abuse in younger children may include but are not limited to nightmares or disturbed sleeping patterns, bed wetting, soiling, regression to infantile behavior, loss of appetite, aggressive behavior, withdrawing or clinging behavior, changes in school performance, eating disorders, sudden weight loss or gain, suicide attempts, self-mutilating behaviors, depression and withdrawal, poor self-image, drug and alcohol abuse, running away and avoiding going home, changes in hygiene habits.
  • Believe the Child. Young children rarely lie about sexual abuse.
  • Commend your child for telling you, but do not excessively question your child about details of the abuse.  It is important to remain calm.
  • Convey support for your child.  A child's greatest fear is that he or she is at fault and responsible for the incident.  Alleviating this self-blame is of paramount importance.
  • Make sure your child knows that if someone does something confusing to them - like touching them, taking nude photos, or giving them gifts, you want to be told about it.  Reassure your child and explain that he or she will not be blamed for whatever an adult does to them.

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