Know the signs: Sexual Abuse

Signs young children 0-3 years of age may exhibit

Physical signs

  • Any injuries to the genital or anal area
  • Painful urination or bowel movement
  • Sore throats or trouble swallowing
  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Frequent urinary or yeast infections
  • Feeding and bowel problems

Behavioral signs

  • Excessive crying
  • Fear
  • Failure to thrive
  • Sleeping problems including nightmares
  • Exhibits violent behavior towards siblings and other children (biting, hitting, kicking)
  • Regressive behavior such as thumb-sucking or bedwetting

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