Facts and Signs

 

1 in 10 children are sexually abused by the age of 18

1 in 5 children received a sexual solicitation while on the internet

90% of offender are someone known to the child- not a stranger

 

Warning signs of possible child abuse

Educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of child abuse.  There are many indicators of possible child abuse.  Trust your instincts.  If you suspect abuse contact authorities. 

* Persistent sexual play with other children, themselves, toys or pets

*Sexual knowledge in language and behavior beyond what is normal for their age

*Changes in behavior- withdrawn, aggression, depression, anxiety

*Regression to earlier behaviors

Changes in school performance and attendance

*Unexplained injuries or unconvincing explanation of injuries

*Dramatic change in eating habits

*Changes in sleep patterns

*Poor hygiene

*Fear or dislike of a specific person or place

*High risk behaviors (drug/alcohol use)

 

If a child comes you

DO:                                                                                  DON’T

Remain Calm                                                           Panic or overreact

Believe the child                                                   Press the child to talk

Allow the child to talk                                        Promise anything you can’t control

Show interest and concern                            Confront the offender   

Reassure and support the child                                   Blam or minimize the child’s feelings or the situation

Contact authorities

 

You are obligated by law to report suspected child abuse!!