Some Warning Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Abuse that You May Notice

Any one sign doesn’t mean that a child was sexually abused, but the presence of several suggests that you begin to investigate. Symptoms of sexual abuse in children are similar to those of depression or severe anxiety and nervousness.They can include:-

• Bowel disorders, such as soiling oneself. Persistent or recurring pain during urination and bowel movements

• Eating disorders

• Genital or rectal symptoms, such as pain during a bowel movement or urination, or vaginal itch or discharge. Pain, discoloration, bleeding or discharges in genitals, anus or mouth

• Wetting and soiling accidents unrelated to toilet training

• Repeated headaches

• Sleep problems

• Stomach aches (vague complaints)

Children who are abused may:

• Display disruptive behaviors such as using alcohol and street drugs or engaging in high-risk sexual behaviors

• Do poorly in school

• Have excessive fears

• Withdraw from normal activities

From Medline Plus Article and Warning Signs Child Behaviour