6 Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse Every Parent Should Know (Part 3)
April 11, 2014
Concluding our three-part blog 6 Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse Every Parent Should Know, here, we will delve into a discussion regarding two more tell-tales signs of child sexual abuse.
While any of the warning signs mentioned in any of these blogs may not necessarily indicate that sexual abuse has occurred (except, of course, for the physical injuries), when children exhibit two or more of these warning signs, it’s time for parents to take notice and action by talking to their children and potentially even reporting suspected abuse to the authorities.
Warning Sign 5: Inexplicable Fear of a Specific Person or Place
When children have been sexually abused, they may show extreme anxiety, profound fear or even heightened agitation when the name of the abuser comes up, when the abuser is around and/or when going to the place of abuse (like, for instance, the school, daycare center or other residence where the abuse has occurred).
Coupled with this fear, there may be a development or recurrence of bedwetting, intense nightmares or even night terrors when children have been sexually abused.
Parents should not shrug off children’s expressed fear, particularly when it’s associated with a particular person or place, as this can be a giant red flag that sexual abuse has taken place.
Warning Sign 6: Talk of a New Older Friend
While children make new friends with other kids on a regular basis (especially when they are going to school, daycares or camps), making friends with adults may be something to worry about – especially if a child talks obsessively about that adult, has new gifts from that adult or starts using new adult words for genitalia.
If your child has started talking about a new adult friend recently and has gifts from that friend, ask your child questions about his or her interaction with that person.
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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