If you suspect your child may have recently been sexually abused, call 1.800.656.HOPE. This is the number for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. They can help you verify if your child is being abused and learn what to do about it if they are.
Signs Of Child Molestation
The younger the child, the more difficult it is to determine if your child has been or is being molested. As a teenager, or even pre-teen, they may just blurt it out, but then you have the problem determining if the accusation was motivated by something other than molestation. We’ve all heard of the false accusations that ruin the reputations of upstanding citizens. So, how can you know if someone is victimizing your child? Unless you witness it or someone admits it…you can’t! Everything relies on your best guess based on the evidence you find. Obviously, you need to have very strong suspicions before formally accusing someone and needlessly damaging their reputation. A great tool to help you assess the possibility of molestation is the following Signs of Child Molestation produced by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Following the signs, we’ll discuss some actions to take.
Signs of Sexual Exploitation in Children: Parents, grandparents, and guardians should be aware of the signs noted below that could indicate your child has been sexually molested. You should note that some of these behaviors may have other explanations, but it is important to assist your child no matter what the cause of these symptoms or behaviors.
* Changes in behavior, extreme mood swings, withdrawal, fearfulness, and excessive crying
* Bed-wetting, nightmares, fear of going to bed, or other sleep disturbances
* Acting out inappropriate sexual activity or showing an unusual interest in sexual matters
* A sudden acting out of feelings or aggressive or rebellious behavior
* Regression to infantile behavior; clinging
* School or behavioral problems
* Changes in toilet-training habits
* A fear of certain places, people, or activities
* Bruises, rashes, cuts, limping, multiple or poorly explained injuries
* Pain, itching, bleeding, fluid, or rawness in the private areas
If you observe any of these behaviors, talk to your child about the causes. Behavioral changes such as these may be due to causes other than sexual exploitation such as a medical, family, or school problem. Also keep in mind that sometimes children do not always demonstrate obvious signs such as these but may do or say something that hints at the exploitation.
Information adapted from Just in Case…Parental guidelines in case you are considering daycare and Parental guidelines in case your child might someday be a victim of sexual exploitati..right © respectively 1989 and 2003 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. All rights reserved.
Child Molestation Conclusion: As you can see from above, the signs can be caused by other things and, even if no signs are present, molestation may be happening. If you suspect molestation, take actions to verify your suspicions. Investigate with your child, the child’s friends, teachers, friend’s parents, etc. If, at any age, your child confirms your suspicions, you must report it to your local government for their investigation. To get more information ..ing your child recover or to recover yourself, visit our page Child Sexual Abuse. If you want God’s help to resolve this and to recover, visit God help me.
By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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