However, there are usually signs that may be detected if the person knows what to look for. It is imperative to pay attention to these signs to avoid the abuse from continuing. These warning signs are observed in the behavior a child exhibits during daily activities or interactions with people.
Though many instances of child abuse stick only with the physical or emotional acts, some cases include the sexual aspect. Many of the symptoms demonstrate that there is a problem are present. However, when the child is sexually abused, there tends to be more extreme behaviors that surface. Many children block these memories when they are particularly young or the violence is extreme to them. Unfortunately, silence from the child is often one of the symptoms that there is something wrong. It is extremely important to listen to these children when they attempt to tell another of the acts they’ve suffered through.
Possible Signs of Abuse
Various warning signs may be monitored when the child has gone through a traumatic event. These could include many different behaviors depending upon a myriad of factors. The young person may have issues walking, sitting, laying down or similar daily exercises. These may be especially difficult if there are bruises or lacerations in these areas. These children tend to refuse or avoid participation in physical activities in general or when other children are present. Sudden appetite alterations or changes may be observed. Specific to sexual abuse, a youth may exhibit strange, sophisticated or uncommon behaviors or knowledge of sexual goings-on. In rare instances, a child sexually abused may contract a sexually transmitted disease or become pregnant when she may appear too young or has never been exposed to sexual acts. Some abused children run away from home for numerous reasons. Some very uncommon incidents include situations where a child may report sexual abuse from his or her parent or guardian when nothing actually occurred.
Signs to Identify an Abuser
It is not only important to pay close attention to children and listen to what they say, but it is vital to ensure the person taking care of these children is monitored in the same ways. Some adults that care for others have ulterior motives. An abuser may have grown an unusual attachment to the youth. This may lead to limitations of interactions this young person is permitted while with this person. The adult may be viewed as secretive or isolated from others. He or she may become jealous or try to control members of the child’s family. There may be some signs the adult was neglected at some point or for long periods.