Behavioral warning signs of possible child sexual abuse

Any one sign doesn't mean the child was abused, but the presence of several suggests you begin asking questions and consider seeking help.

Keep in mind that some of these signs can emerge at other times of stress such as:

Health/emotional changes

Interactions with people

Sexual behaviors or self image

If you have noticed these signs in a child, look for guidance and help in responding from a professional or call the Stop It Now! Helpline (1.888.PREVENT).

Physical signs of possible child sexual abuse

If you said "yes" to any of these examples bring your child to a doctor. Your doctor can help you understand what may be happening and test for sexually transmitted diseases.

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Organization: Child Help (1.800.4ACHILD)


1.800.422.4453  National website and confidential hotline offers support in response to all child abuse including referrals to counseling for child victims.


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