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anonymous Signs of Ause July 25, 2006 6:15 PM

    Following are the major signs of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect. One of these, or even several in combination, may not indicate that abuse has occurred. They may indicate accidents or that other medical conditions, emotional illness, or problems exist. It is important to realize that that you do not have to make that determination. If you have any reason to suspect child abuse or neglect, it is best to report it to the appropriate agency so that they can provide whatever assistance is needed by the child and family.
Physical Abuse
    Signs of Physical Abuse
    • Bruises, welts on face, neck, chest, back
    • Injuries in the shape of an object-belt, cord, iron
    • Unexplained burns on palms, soles, back
    • Fractures that do not fit story of injury
    • Delay in seeking medical help
    • Extremes in child's behavior-very aggressive or withdrawn and shy (unlike the child's typical behavior)
    • Afraid to go home
    • Frightened of parents/caregivers
    • Fearful of other adults
    Consider the possibility of physical abuse if the child:
    • Has unexplained burns, bites, bruises, broken bones, or black eyes
    • Has fading bruises or other marks noticeable after being absent from school
    • Seems frightened of parents, afraid to go home
    • Shrinks at the approach of adults
    • Reports injury by a parent or other adult caregiver
    Consider the possibility of physical abuse if the parent:
    • Has conflicting, unconvincing, or no explanation for the child's injury
    • Describes the child in a negative way
    • Uses harsh physical discipline with the child
    • Has a history of abuse as a child
Emotional Abuse
    Signs of Emotional Abuse
    • Low self-esteem
    • Self-denigration
    • Severe depression
    • Aggression
    • Withdrawal
    • Severe anxiety
    • Failure to learn
    Consider the possibility of emotional abuse if the child:
    • Shows extremes in behavior, either overly compliant or demanding, extreme passivity or aggression
    • Acts either inappropriately like an adult or inappropriately like a baby/younger child
    • Is delayed in physical or emotional development
    • Has attempted suicide
    • Reports a lack of attachment to the parent
    Consider the possibility of emotional abuse if the parent or caregiver:
    • Constantly blames, belittles, or berates the child
    • Is unconcerned about the child and refuses to consider offers of help for the child's school problems
    • Overtly rejects the child
Sexual Abuse
    Signs of Sexual Abuse
    • Pain, swelling, or itching in genital area
    • Bruises, bleeding, discharge in genital area
    • Difficulty walking or sitting, frequent urination
    • Stained or bloody underclothing
    • Sexually transmitted infections
    • Refusal to take part in gym or other exercises
    • Poor peer relationships
    • Unusual interest in sex for age, unusual knowledge of sex terminology
    • Drastic change in school achievement
    • Runaway or delinquent
    • Regressive or childlike behavior
    Consider the possibility of sexual abuse if the child:
    • Has difficulty walking or sitting
    • Suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities
    • Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior
    • Becomes pregnant or contracts a sexually transmitted infection
    • Runs away
    • Reports sexual abuse
    Consider the possibility of sexual abuse if the parent:
    • Is overly protective of the child or severely limits the child's contact with other children, especially of the opposite sex
    • Is secretive and isolated
    • Describes marital difficulties involving family power struggles or sexual relations
    • Behaves in a sexual manner toward the child
    Signs of Neglect
    • Poor hygiene, body odor
    • Inappropriately dressed for weather
    • Needs medical or dental care
    • Left alone, unsupervised, for long periods of time (depending on child's age)
    • Failure to thrive, malnutrition
    • Constant hunger, begs or steals food
    • Extreme willingness to please
    • Frequent absence from school
    • Arrives early and stays late at school or play areas or other people's homes
    Consider the possibility of neglect if the child:
    • Is frequently absent from school
    • Begs or steals food or money from classmates
    • Lacks needed medical or dental care, immunizations or glasses
    • Is consistently dirty and has severe body odor
    • Lacks appropriate clothing for the weather
    • Abuses alcohol or other drugs
    • States there is no one at home to take care of them
    Consider the possibility of neglect if the parent:
    • Appears to be indifferent to the child
    • Seems apathetic or depressed
    • Behaves irrationally or in a bizarre manner
    • Abuses alcohol or drugs
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anonymous  July 26, 2006 8:21 AM  [report anonymous abuse]
Thanks July 26, 2006 9:35 AM

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anonymous  July 27, 2006 4:23 PM

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anonymous  July 27, 2006 4:42 PM


Yes it goes right from a baby to poor old Gramma.

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anonymous  July 27, 2006 7:04 PM

                                  IT TAKES US ALL   

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Signs of Ause July 27, 2006 7:07 PM

Yes, it does  [ send green star]
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