Child abuse warning signs

Child abuse warning signs

Law enforcement agencies are highlighting the following indicators of child abuse to look out for:

Physical Indicators of Physical Abuse

  • Bruises, welts, cigarette and rope burns
  • Infected burns indicating delay in treatment

Behavioral Indicators of Physical Abuse

  • Withdrawal, aggression, regression, depression
  • Excessive fear
  • Substance abuse, truancy, running away, and fear of going home
  • Inconsistent explanation for injuries
  • Unusual shyness

Physical Indicators of Sexual Abuse

  • Torn, stained or bloody underclothes
  • Frequent sore throats, yeast or urinary infections
  • Bruises or bleeding
  • Pregnancy/ STD's

Behavioral Indicators of Sexual Abuse

  • Disclosure of sexual abuse
  • Thumb-sucking, bedwetting, fear of the dark
  • Promiscuity
  • Recurrent nightmares
  • Inappropriate interest in sex
  • Avoidance of undressing/extra layers
  • Sudden decline in school performance, truancy
  • Difficulty walking or sitting

Investigators are urging the public to contact them if you are even just the least bit suspicious.

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