How to determine when a child is being abused?



Did you know that, according to official reports, every year there is an average of 3 million reports of child abuse in the US alone? That is, without a doubt, a terrible amount of cases that should be brought down to none immediately. The most worrying part is that it is only the official number, meaning that there are many other cases in which the victim does not speak up about the situation they’re living.

If we consider the amount of grown people that decide to speak up about their child traumas, that number would only be the 20.7% of the total population, which translates into another worrying number. An amount of young people that do not speak about what they’re going through until they’re older.

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Having this in mind, we present you with a list of some symptoms a child that is being abused usually presents. So, if you know somebody that is showing any of the topics listed here, try talking to them or get them to look for professional help, as they might be dealing with some obscure issues.

A child facing sexual abuse may:

  • Show difficulty to change clothes in front of other people (when playing sports at school, or doing P.E)
  • Have eating disorders, creating a state of self-consciousness
  • Sudden absenteeism
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide attempts
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Excessive masturbation
  • Knowledge on sexual matters that may be too advanced for a child to know
  • Aggression and poor interrelationships
  • Have difficulty when sitting, walking, and sleeping

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These are only a few of the many characteristics a sexually abused child can show daily. There are many others that aren’t shown as clearly as the ones listed above. So, we recommend you to treat the supposed victim with patience and kindness, as they may turn a little aggressive towards people wondering too much about their personal life and private matters.