Is this child a victim of sexual abuse?
Unlike physical abuse, there are often no obvious outward signs of child sexual abuse. However, the long-term emotional and psychological damage of sexual abuse can be devastating to the child. A sexually abused child can develop a number of disturbing feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Some sexually abused children become child abusers themselves, prostitutes, or have other serious problems as adults. It is important to be able to detect and help an abused child get the treatment that can reduce the risk that the child will develop these serious problems later in life. If you are concerned that a child you know may be a victim of sexual abuse, take this quick assessment to learn more about the warning signs and help you determine if the child may be abused.