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POSSIBLE SIGNS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

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Sudden reluctance to go someplace or be with someone

Inappropriate displays of affection

Sexual acting out

Sudden use of sexual terms or new names for body parts

Uncomfortableness with or rejection of typical family affection

Sleep problems: including insomnia, nightmares, refusal to sleep alone, or suddenly insisting on a night light

Regressive behaviors: including thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, infantile behaviors, or other signs of dependency

Extreme clinginess or other signs of fearfulness

A sudden change in personality

Problems in school

Unwillingness to participate in or to change clothing for gym class at school

Running away from home and/or engaging in self-destructive behavior

Bizarre or unusual sophistication pertaining to sexual behavior or knowledge

Reporting sexual assault to parent or guardian

Aversion to a relative, neighbor, or babysitter

Change in eating patterns

Sudden lack of interest or achievement in school

Sudden desire for privacy or marked separation from family activities

Signs of increased anxiety or immature behavior

Irritation of genital areas


*Note that these signs are not necessarily evidence of child sexual abuse and must be considered in conjunction with other factors.

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