Signs & Symptoms
Although some children may not exhibit signs of being sexually abused, it is important that we are aware, and can recognize the physical, emotional or behavioural signs.
- Sleeping problems, which could include night sweating, nightmares, or differing sleep patterns.
- Masturbating excessively.
- Sore or swollen genital or anus area, bleeding from genital area or anus, or vaginal discharge.
- Genital infections, or pain when urinating or having a bowel movement.
- Exhibiting sexual behaviors that are not age appropriate, including acting out with toys, friends or siblings.
- Fear of being with a certain person, or in a certain place.
- Eating problems, including loss of appetite
- Aggressive behaviour, mood changes, anxiety, self destructive behavior.
- Showing signs that it is painful to walk or sit.
- Losing interest in the activities that they have always enjoyed.
- Sudden negative change in academic performance.
- Displaying anxiety when being undressed or changed.
- Suddenly regressing to more infantile behaviors, such as bedwetting.
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