Child Abuse

Look for the signs

Dial 1-800-96-ABUSE

Signs of Physical Abuse

The child may have unexplained:

  • – bruises, welts, cuts, or other injuries
  • – broken bones
  • – burns

A child experiencing physical abuse may:

  • – seem withdrawn or depressed
  • – seem afraid to go home or may run away
  • – shy away from physical contact
  • – be aggressive
  • – wear inappropriate clothing to hide injuries

Signs of Sexual Abuse

The child may have:

  • – torn, stained or bloody underwear
  • – trouble walking or sitting
  • – pain or itching in genital area
  • – a sexually transmitted disease
  • A child experiencing sexual abuse may:

    • – have unusual knowledge of sex or act seductively
    • – fear a particular person
    • – seem withdrawn or depressed
    • – gain or lose weight suddenly
    • – shy away from physical contact
    • – run away from home
  • Signs of Neglect

    The child may have:

    • – unattended medical needs
    • – little or no supervision at home

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