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Signs and Symptoms That May Indicate a Child is Being Abused

Signs and Symptoms That May Indicate a Child is Being Abused

Children who are being abused or neglected will show signs or symptoms of changed behavior whether they know it or not. Most victims of abuse will be afraid to talk about it or report it. This can be because the offender has threatened them or their families or because they want to protect the offender. Most child abusers know their victims and can have a strong hold over them.

If you notice any changes in behavior and notice any of these symptoms, it may indicate child abuse.

Slow development or regression. Children who are victims of abuse sometimes develop slower than other children their age. They may only start talking later than they should, show immature behavior, refusal to socialize, etc. Some children may show signs of regression which means they start doing poorly in school or lose skills they already learned.

Unusual parent-child interaction or relationship. A relationship where the parent hardly pays attention to a child may be a danger sign. If a child is constantly afraid of their parent or the parent shows inappropriate behavior towards the child it can also be a danger sign.

Mental health problems. Victims of abuse are prone to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts.

Children acting out. Children who behave inappropriately or are disruptive may be acting out as a response to abuse. There may be other reasons, but this is usually one of the more prominent signs of some sort of abuse or neglect.

Injuries that are hard to explain. Children who constantly have injuries that they cannot explain can be a sign of abuse. If the explanation keeps changing and is hard to believe, you might want to investigate a bit more.

Signs of sexual abuse. Signs that may indicate sexual abuse include unwillingness to go to the bathroom, discomfort or pain when sitting or urinating, discharges, bleeding through the pants or dress. Other signs can include knowing more than they should for their age, suicide attempts, and risky behavior.

Any sudden change in a child’s behavior could mean that they are being abused in some way. If you notice any of these signs, report it to the right people so an investigation can be done to determine if the child is in danger. 8 Ways you can stop it.

Facts About Child Abuse That Show the Need for Action Across the World

Facts About Child Abuse That Show the Need for Action Across the World

The facts relating to child abuse across the world is shocking and worrying. Without people from all over the world taking action and taking a stand together, we will never be able to stop child abuse. The facts we share today should paint a clear picture why we need people to stand up for our children.

Children die because of child abuse. Approximately 5 children die every day because of child abuse or related factors.

Boys and girls are at risk. An estimated 3 out of 5 girls and 1 out of 5 boys are sexually abused before they turn 18.

Most children are abused by people they know. 90 % of children know the person who abuse them and 68% of offenders are family members of the abused child.

Millions of children are abused every year. In the US, there has been approximately 3 million reported cases of child abuse. This does not include the unreported cases.

Child abuse predisposes children for violent behavior. Children who are abused have been proven to be more likely to get involved in violent crime and have a higher likelihood of being arrested sometime during their teen and adult lives.

Child abuse can cause psychological disorders. A large percentage of 21-year olds who were abused as children show symptoms of and meet the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.

Child abuse encourages risky behavior. Children who are abused are prone to unsafe and risky behaviors like unsafe sex, drugs, alcohol, and crime.

It is your responsibility to be aware, notice the signs, and report any abuse that you may be aware of or suspect. Together we can make a change and make the world a safer place for our children.

Infographic by: www.nationalacademies.org

Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse

Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse

Child abuse is a very real problem everywhere in the world. Any child is at risk and should be protected and educated. The best tools against child abuse are education, preparation, awareness, and support. All children and parents should educate themselves about the risks and prevention of child abuse. Supporting family and friends can also help prevent abuse.

Ways to prevent child abuse include:


1. Love and support your children. A child needs to know that he or she is loved, appreciated, special, and capable of doing anything.


2. Support friends and family. Parenting is difficult, and some parents may need some help, especially if they are single parents. Offer to help out with the kids so they can have a break.


3. Respect yours and other people’s children. Children should be respected and treated the same way that you would want to be treated.


4. Become involved and involve the community. Work to establish support groups, parenting groups, or other events or opportunities for parents to learn more and get support. Support groups, channels, or resources that can help children who are being abused will also make a difference.


5. Become a volunteer. Volunteer at child abuse support centers. Become a crisis volunteer or offer your services to families that may need it. Great read on this.


6. Be aware of the people in your community. If you know who the people in your community are and who their children are it is much easier to pick y when something is wrong. Being alert will make you more aware of changes in family dynamics or the behavior of the children in your community.


7. Educate yourself and your children. It is not a nice topic to talk about, but it is important for you and your kids be aware and know what risk behaviors to look out for. Your children should be aware how to stay away from risky situations, and they should feel comfortable with talking to you about things that bother them.

Lastly, it is important to report suspected abuse or neglect. It is all of our responsibility to help the children in our communities to be safe.…