Signs of Possible Sexual Abuse

Signs of Possible Sexual Abuse

  • engages in sexual activity not appropriate for the child's age
  • has a detailed and sophisticated understanding of sexual behaviors
  • goes back to behaviors such as bed-wetting, speech loss
  • suffers sleep disturbances or nightmares
  • has pain, itching, bruising, or bleeding in the genitalia
  • has venereal disease
  • has frequent urinary tract or yeast infections

The sexually abused older child may:

  • exhibit delinquent or aggressive behavior
  • show signs of depression
  • display self-injurious behaviors such as substance abuse, self-mutilation, attempts at suicide, prostitution, and running away