Indicators of Abuse

Listed below are some of the indicators of sexual abuse.

Please note that one of these alone, or even a combination, does not prove that abuse occurred. Click the link for more information about childhood sexual development.

  • Withdrawing from others
  • Public masturbation
  • Wetting accidents
  • Sexual play with toys
  • Re-occurring stomach aches, headaches and sore throats
  • Touching others private parts
  • Eating changes (increase or decrease in appetite)
  • Kissing and Hugging all the time (even with strangers)
  • Speaking about body parts
  • Difficulties with separation
  • Sleeping difficulties or nightmares
  • Having lots of worries
  • Fighting
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating in school
  • Intolerance of physical contact
  • Role Reversal
  • Specific fear of males or females

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