Signs of Possible Sexual Abuse

Signs of Possible Sexual Abuse

Perceptible Signs of Sexual Abuse

  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Pain or itching in the genital area
  • Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
  • Bruises or bleeding in external genitalia
  • Frequent complaints of stomachaches or headaches
  • Venereal disease
  • Frequent urinary or yeast infections
  • Pregnancy

Behavioral Signs of Sexual Abuse

  • Withdrawal or chronic depression
  • Inappropriate sex play or premature understanding of sex
  • Feeling threatened by physical contact, closeness
  • Promiscuity
  • Running away from home
  • Child is “parentified” or overly concerned for siblings
  • Poor self-esteem, lack of confidence
  • Peer problems, lack of involvement with friends
  • Extreme weight change
  • Suicide attempts or threats; especially with adolescents
  • Hysteria, lack of emotional control
  • Sudden school difficulties
  • Unprovoked cruelty to animals


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