Some Signs of Sexual Child Abuse:
Warning Signs of Online Sexual Child Abuse:
- Inappropriate interest in or knowledge of sexual acts.
- Avoidance of things related to sexuality, or rejection of own genitals or body.
- Either overcompliance or excessive aggression.
- Fear of a particular person or family member.
- Your child spends large amounts of time online, especially at night.
- You find pornography on your child's computer.
- Your child receives phone calls from men you don't know, or is making calls, sometimes long distance, to numbers you don't recognize.
- Your child receives mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don't know.
- Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor when you come into the room.
- Your child becomes withdrawn from the family.
- Your child is using an online account belonging to someone else.
Children who have been physically abused will often wear clothes to cover up the symptoms like:
- bite marks
- cuts, bruises
- welts in the shape of an object
- resistance to going home
Some signs and symptoms of neglect:
- frequently going hungry
- frequently having to go to school in dirty clothes
- not being taken to the doctor when they're ill
- regularly having to look after themselves at home alone under the age of 16
- being abandoned or deserted
- living in dangerous conditions ie around drugs, alcohol or violence
- finding it difficult to adapt to school
- children who are often angry, aggressive or self harm
- children who find it difficult to socialise with other children
Some signs of emotional abuse:
- Humiliation, degradation, discounting, negating. judging, criticizing. (Does anyone make fun of you or put you down in front of others?)
- Domination, control, and shame. (Do you feel that the person treats you like a child?)
- Accusing and blaming, trivial and unreasonable demands or expectations, denies own shortcomings: (Do they accuse you of something contrived in their own minds when you know it isn’t true?)
- Emotional distancing and the “silent treatment,” isolation, emotional abandonment or neglect.(Do they use pouting, withdrawal or withholding attention or affection?)
- Co-dependence and enmeshment. (Does anyone treat you not as a separate person but instead as an extension of themselves?)