6 Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse Every Parent Should Know (Part 2)

April 9, 2014

Continuing from 6 Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse Every Parent Should Know (Part 1), below, we will take a closer look at two more common signs of child sex abuse. By being aware of these signs of abuse, parents will be able to intervene and take action when they suspect that another child or adult may be sexually abusing their child.

While physical injuries can be warning signs of sexual abuse, not all forms of sexual abuse will leave physical traces.

While physical injuries can be warning signs of sexual abuse, not all forms of sexual abuse will leave physical traces.

Warning Sign 3: Disturbing Physical Injuries

In addition to the emotional changes that can be warning signs of sexual abuse (as discussed in Part 1 of this blog), there may be some physical injuries that can be red flags that a child has been sexually victimized. Some of these specific physical injuries can include (but are not limited to):

  • Unexplained bruising or sores around the mouth and/or genital areas
  • Physical signs of certain sexually transmitted disease (like, for instance, new rashes, warts or other abnormalities)
  • Scarring around the genitals.

Additionally, testing positive for STDs or even pregnancy can be disturbing yet tell-tale signs of sexual abuse.

It’s important to point out here that not all sexual abuse of children results in discernable physical injuries, as forcing children to watch pornographic images or activities or touching children inappropriately without specific penetration are both types of sexual abuse that will not leave signs of physical injuries (instead, this type of abuse may result in emotional warning signs).

Warning Sign 4: Extreme, Sudden Weight Loss

In many cases, the psychological trauma children sustain when they are sexually abused will manifest itself through sudden and extreme weight loss, as children may come disinterested in eating. Although children will go through growth spurts and can lose some weight when this happens, the weight loss associated with sexual abuse will typically be coupled with depression, emotional withdrawal and other common signs of this abuse.

Don’t miss the final installment of this blog for a discussion regarding two more common indications that children may have been the victims of sexual abuse.

Portland Child Sex Abuse Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm

If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a family member, teacher, religious leader or anyone, the Portland child sex abuse lawyers at the Savage Law Firm can help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve. For more than 30 years, the Savage Law Firm has been devoted to defending the rights of sexual abuse survivors and helping them shed light on the heinous actions of their abusers.

Although we understand that no amount of money can ever make up for childhood sexual abuse, we also know that helping abuse survivors obtain compensation from their abusers can be crucial to getting access to the counseling and other long-term treatments they may need to deal with the psychological damage caused by the abuse. One of our central goals is to help sexual abuse survivors get the justice they need so they can reclaim their lives and futures.

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We encourage you to learn more about your rights and how we can help you by attending a free, no obligations initial consult.

Call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page. We represent clients in Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.

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