· Self-injury (cutting, burning)
· Inadequate personal hygiene
· Drug and alcohol abuse
· Sexual promiscuity
· Running away from home
· Depression, anxiety
· Suicide attempts
· Fear of intimacy or closeness
· Compulsive eating or dieting”
(Signs of child sexual abuse excerpt from http://www.stopitnow.org/warning_signs_child_behavior)
Younger children tend to constantly suck on their thumb, wet their bed frequently, resists removing clothes when appropriate times and has an early knowledge of sexual information and they might try acts on other children in sexual ways.
It is important that that the abused victims forgive themselves. It’s a vital part of recovery for it will affect their lives continually if this connection is not made that it was not their fault. They should not feel guilty and they need to know this.
“The Child help National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
"The Hotline has received more than 2 million calls since it began in 1982. These calls come from children at risk for abuse, distressed parents seeking crisis intervention and concerned individuals who suspect that child abuse may be occurring. The Hotline is also a valuable resource for those who are mandated by law to report suspected abuse, such as school personnel, medical and mental health professionals and police and fire investigators.”(Excerpt from http://www.childhelp.org/pages/hotline-home )
By Emily Young
By Emily Young