The Children's Recovery Center

of Horry and Georgetown Counties

Every year, more than 800,000 children are abused or neglected in the U.S.

Outcome/ Medical Assessment

Always believe your child. They rarely lie about sexual abuse.

Commend the child for telling you, but do not ask for too many details about the abuse.  It is important to remain calm.

Convey your support to your child.  A child's greatest fear is that he or she is at fault and responsible for the incident.  Alleviating self-blame is of paramount importance.

Make sure your child knows that if someone does something that makes them uncomfortable–like touching them, taking nude photos, or giving them gifts–you want to know about it.
Reassure your child that it's not his fault and you aren't mad at him or her.  It's the adult's behavior that was wrong.

Data from the Children's Recovery Center

Symptoms of sexual abuse in 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 clinging  behavior
​Symptoms of sexual abuse in 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
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Poor self-image
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Running away or aversion toward going home
  • Change in hygiene habits
  • Physical signs of sexual abuse are rare

Age of Victims

Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment, followed by physical abuse 

Children age 6 and younger

are the most vulnerable to abuse 

One in four girls and one in six boys
will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18 

Ninety-five percent of victims
know their abusers. Perpetrators may include family members, friends, and acquaintances 

Nine out of 10 victims ​​of abuse
won't tell anyone. Most children do not disclose abuse until adulthood, if ever 

Disclosure of child sexual abuse is a gradual process


Source: National Children's Alliance

Referral Source

Children's Recovery Center       |    1801 Legion St |Myrtle Beach, SC 29577     |       843-448-3400

If you suspect your child has been abused: 

Reason for Referral