Recognise Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse
There is a list of warning signs that you need to look out for if you suspect a case of child sexual abuse. Usually, the presence of more than one sign at a time can be indicative of sexual abuse.
The following list was adapted from the ‘List of Warning Signs’ created by FACSE.
Loneliness and withdrawn behavior
Short attention span and failure to concentrateDrop in school performance and grades
Drop in school performance and grades
Depression anxiety and sudden mood swings
Avoidance of a particular person /place /situation
Cringing from being touched
Abusive aggressive behavior
Bed wetting / Thumb sucking / Nail biting
Disturbed sleep / Change in sleep pattern
Sudden use of sexual words and sexualized behavior
Irritation in throat, anal area, genitalia
Temper tantrums, hysterical behavior
Self harm and sexual harm to other children
Repeated Urinary Tract Infection and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Shoddy appearance and poor general hygiene.
Marks of violence
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Note: This is not an exhaustive list.