According to the Bullying Information Center, bullying victims often attempt to mask what’s going on and display symptoms, including depression, anxiety, safety concerns, sadness, aggression, academic issues, low self-esteem, deficits in peer relations and substance abuse. Other possible warning signs include numerous lost belongings, frequent injuries or damage to clothes or property, spends time primarily with younger students, avoids recess before, during and/or after school, arrives to school late or just at the starting bell, appears to be alone most of the time at school, obtains an excessive or insufficient amount of sleep and complains of headaches, stomachaches, etc.
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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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