Sexual abuse in children is an inappropriate sexual act committed mostly by adults. Such wrong acts can involve inappropriate touching, sexual ogling or exposing self to child.
Most often, sexual abuse is not a one-time act and involves a pattern of such sexually inappropriate behaviors that can cause a lot of physical, emotional and behavioral disturbances in the child. These are most often, what is referred to as warning signs. It is important as parents or well-wishers of the child to notice these signs and take appropriate actions immediately.
Boys and girls are subjected to sexual abuse in some form or the other. Warning signs may differ basically because of the difference in nature and personalities of the two genders.
Symptoms Of Sexual Abuse In Boys
Physical signs may show on the body in extreme cases. These are the most common signs that are the most visible and may not miss your observation. A boy who has been a victim to sexual abuse is most likely to have retained damages to his genital area by way of bruising, bleeding, pain or redness.
He may be unable to sit or walk properly. Genital contact can result in infections that are sexually transmitted or discharge from the anal area or even consistent and repeated sore throats due to forced oral sex.
Often, cases of sexual abuse are most likely to be subjected to behavioral changes. A little difficult to comprehend but with meticulous observation certain changes are extremely visible.
Abstinence from presenting himself in social situations, getting anxious when one or more specific individuals are around, hurting himself such as cutting or hitting, fear of using bathrooms or afraid of being lonely are some of the common behavioral changes.
Few other common signs include not wanting to remove clothing when alone or even in the presence of parent(s), unusual clinging to parent(s), wetting pants in case of toilet trained boys or an unexplainable fear of something.
Emotional signs that emerge due to sexual abuse are usually the most difficult to comprehend or even identify in the first place. Any violent or aggressive act to do a routine chore all of a sudden may want you to understand the cause. Not all such cases may be a result of sexual abuse but there are good chances of such occurrences and hence be cautious and careful.
Boys at a very young age do not have the rational or mental power to either dissuade the situation or react in a way that is comprehendible by people he trusts the most. As a result, they become distant, depressed or even cause damage to self.
If the abuser is someone very close to the family and a person he needs to deal with on an everyday basis, the symptoms grow stronger with time. Low self esteem becomes an empowering attribute in such boys. Difficulty in concentrating in school and extreme mood swings are other typical characteristics of a sexually abused boy.
Be educated on warning signs of sexual abuse in boys or more so in children and do your every bit to help the child grow up in a safe and healthy environment.