Signs And Symptoms Of Sexual Abuse In Children

Sexual abuse of children is a problem that has existed since time immemorial. Most people think that this is a social problem of modern times, but this is not true. Also, this serious issue transcends all boundaries of race, color, nationality and sex. It is incorrect to think that only girls are victims of sexual abuse. Boys are equally in danger of being victimized.

Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse is a very wide ranging term. It does not only mean inappropriate touching or sexual behavior. It also includes any non-touching activity of a sexual nature that affects a child like looking at child pornography films/photographs, indecent exposure in front of a child or purposely showing a child things related to sexual activities.

The scariest part about child sexual abuse is that in most cases it is a trusted member of the family or friend circle who victimizes the child. It is easier for such people to get access and enough time to carry out such disgusting activities than strangers. Therefore, it is very important for all parents to educate their children properly about what constitutes inappropriate behavior. They should also be told that they must inform the parents immediately if a person behaves with them in this manner.

You, as a parent should always be alert to any possible signs of such abuse in your children. Here is a list of commonly seen signs and symptoms of sexual abuse in children.

Tips To Recognize The Signs Of Sexual Abuse In Children

Sleep Problems

Children who are being sexually abused usually suffer from sleep issues. These can include problems like insomnia, recurrent waking, erratic sleep schedules, nightmares etc.

Sleep Problems

Bed Wetting

If your child is potty trained and too old to be wetting his/her bed, you should be concerned if this problem arises. If your child starts soiling or wetting his/her nightclothes suddenly (for no apparent reason), he/she may be having some problems that you should look into.

Bed Wetting

Scared Of One Particular Person

Children who are being abused usually hate or are scared of the person who is the perpetrator of the crime. They may not want to be left alone with this person. Parents may also notice that the child does not make any eye or verbal contact with the victimizer.

Scared Of One Particular Person

Mood Swings

The child may start suffering on a psychological level as well because of sexual abuse. This may cause severe mood swings. He/she may throw tantrums, show extreme anger and violence at the smallest issues. Such children are also prone to becoming quiet and withdrawn suddenly for no reason.

Mood Swing

Visible Physical Signs

Do not ignore any sudden bruises, injuries, sores, welts and cuts on your child’s body. Ask your child specifically about the cause of any such new and sudden injury. If you suspect that your child is being abused, you should not hesitate in checking his/her private parts for similar injuries as well.

Visible Physical Signs

Insecurity Issues

Such kids also start becoming very insecure about everything. He/she may become extra clingy to the parents and seek constant assurances and attention. He/she may also be scared of being left alone anywhere. The child becomes paranoid about not being within a secure family environment.

Insecurity Issues