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What are the signs of sexual abuse in children?

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Signs of sexual abuse may include:

  • Avoiding a certain person for no clear reason
  • Bloody, torn, or stained underwear
  • Bruising or bleeding around the genitals
  • Pain or itching around the genitals that might cause problems walking or sitting
  • Pregnancy or STDs, especially for boys and girls under 14 years old
  • Refusing to change clothes in front of others
  • Running away from home
  • Sexual activity or knowledge that people usually have only when they’re older

From: Possible Signs of Child Abuse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Child Abuse.”

Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: “What Is Child Abuse?”

Mayo Clinic: “Child Abuse.”

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services: “Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect.”

HelpGuide.org: “Child Abuse and Neglect.”

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: “Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Child Abuse.”

Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: “What Is Child Abuse?”

Mayo Clinic: “Child Abuse.”

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services: “Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect.”

HelpGuide.org: “Child Abuse and Neglect.”

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: “Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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