WARNING SIGNS THAT AN ADULT MAY HAVE SEXUALLY ABUSED YOUR CHILD

Oftentimes children do not admit they have been sexually abused. Therefore, it is imperative that parents, family members and friends be aware of the following behaviors of an adult:

  • failing to give the child privacy

  • abnormal interest in child or teenager sexual development

  • walking in on the child while they are changing clothes or in the bathroom

  • offering to babysit a lot or watch the child overnight

  • giving the child expensive gifts or money

  • insisting on alone time with the child

  • telling a child they are “special” or their “favorite” and treating them differently from other children

  • offering to babysit a lot or watch the child overnight

  • unusual interest in a particular child forcing physical affection on a child such as kissing, hugging, or play wrestling when it is clear the child is uncomfortable

​​PHYSICAL WARNING SIGNS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE:

 Physical signs of sexual abuse are not always present. However, if you notice any of the following signs, seek medical attention immediately:

  • bleeding, discharge or pain in mouth, genitals or anus

  • STDs

  • pain during urination or bowel movements

  • urinating or defecating involuntarily

  • signs of difficulty walking, sitting or standing

  • injuries to themselves such as cutting, burning or suicide attempts