Child Sexual Abuse Indicators | Blank Children's Hospital

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Possible Sexual Abuse Indicators

Children may go through some of these stages during maturation, however, if two or more of these symptoms appear simultaneously, investigate:

  • Personality change
  • Outgoing child becomes clingy
  • Changes in toilet training habits, or excessive trips to the bathroom
  • Signs of being uncomfortable with someone formerly trusted
  • Child withdraws into self
  • Moody, excessive crying
  • Change in eating and sleeping habits
  • Increased activity (getting involved in a lot of activities through school, church, etc.) to avoid being at home
  • Behavior problems
  • Unusual shyness
  • Sudden unfounded fears
  • Child has unusual need for your approval or reassurance
  • Child shows excessive interest in own or other people's private zone
  • Social skills change, child reverts back to younger behavior
  • Child wants to take extra baths or no baths at all