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Sexual Abuse Symptoms in Children and Adolescents

Points to remember


*It's possible that children will not admit to having been sexually molested.

*Emotional or behavioral changes, as well as physical indications, are all indicators of sexual abuse in children.

*Sexually abusing children is most typically done by family members or persons you and your child are familiar with.


It's possible that children who have been sexually assaulted will not tell you. Instead, you may observe symptoms such as physical changes in children's behavior or emotions.

Sexual abuse affects children in many ways. Many factors influence how children react, including their age, the frequency and severity of the abuse, what happens during the abuse, and who is abusing them.

Some youngsters may show very minor indicators, while others may show no signs at all. It's not always a sign that your child has been sexually assaulted if they exhibit one or more of the signs listed below. Your child's behavior can shift for a variety of reasons, but it's critical to consider sexual abuse as one of them.

Sexual abuse signs in children aged 0 to 11 years


Emotional changes

If your child or the child you care for has been sexually assaulted, you may observe that:

*Is quieter or distant than usual, cries for no apparent reason, wets the bed or soils their pants, and asks questions such as 'Do people have to keep secrets?'

*Is abrasive or irritable for no apparent reason, claims that their head or stomach hurts but there isn't a physical cause, and begins to have nightmares

*Is a clingy person.


Behavioral changes

It's possible that you've noticed that your child:

Isn't interested in playing, or avoids certain locations or people, is engaging in questionable sexual behavior, is having trouble sleeping, or is performing poorly in school.

Physical manifestations

It's possible that you've noticed that your youngster has:

*In the vaginal area, there may be edema or redness.

*Pain when going to the bathroom, trouble walking or sitting, and bruising on soft body regions such as the buttocks or thighs

*Symptoms of a urinary tract infection, such as burning when going to the bathroom, and symptoms of a sexually transmitted illness, such as discharge from the penis or vagina.


Symptoms of Sexual Abuse in Adolescents


Emotional changes

If your adolescent or the adolescent you're caring for has been sexually assaulted, you might observe that:

*Is irritable or agitated for no obvious reason has headaches or stomach problems that don't appear to be due to a physical cause

*When a specific person or place is mentioned, he or she becomes enraged or irritated; he or she has difficulty forming or keeping relationships.

*Cries for no apparent reason, has nightmares, low self-esteem, and is unsure of his or her sexual identity.

Behavioral changes

It's possible that you've noticed that your child:

*Has clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, or electronics from an unknown source is displaying inappropriate sexual behavior, such as engaging in unsafe sexual behavior is dressing differently

*Starts abusing alcohol or other drugs, drives erratically, cuts themselves or harms themselves in other ways, spends a lot of time online and is secretive about online communications, eats more or less poorly, and has trouble sleeping.


School and social life changes

It's possible that you've noticed that your child:

*Is spending more time alone than usual has changed friendship groups is avoiding specific people or places, such as a friend's house or a sporting event is avoiding activities or events that they previously enjoyed, or asks questions such as 'Do I have to go to music today?'

*Is having difficulty in school.


Physical manifestations

It's possible that you've noticed that your youngster has:

*In the vaginal area, there may be edema or redness.

*Bruising on soft parts of their body, such as the buttocks or thighs, symptoms of a urinary tract infection, such as burning while going to the toilet, symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, such as discharge from the penis or vagina missed a period


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