Q: WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE?
General Indicators of Child Abuse
-Change in behavior, grades
-High risk behaviors – drugs, promiscuity, etc
Physical Abuse Indicators
-Story of how injury occurred does not make sense or remain consistent
-Bruises/burns that have a defined shape
-Injuries in places not common with childhood activities
Sexual Abuse Indicators
-Age-inappropriate sexual knowledge
-Fear of certain persons or places
-Nightmares, bed wetting
-Unexplained gifts, money, special privileges
-Malnutrition, stealing food
-Child is unattended for long periods of time
-Exposure to dangerous weapons
Possible Perpetrator Indicators
~ deliberate actions taken by an adult to form a trusting relationship with a child with the intent of later having sexual contact.
-Taking an excessive interest in someone’s child (text messaging, seeking time alone).
-Giving gifts or money to the child for no apparent reason.
-Talking about topics that are not appropriate for age or relationship (child’s experience with dating or sexual acts, adult topics).
-Initiating physical contact with child (tickling, wrestling, lap sitting, kissing, hugging).
-Allowing child to have special privileges or break the rules.
Note to Remember: Not all sexual assault perpetrators are adults.