A: There are many signs and symptoms that a child who is being subjected to sexual abuse will exhibit. However, each child is unique, and some children will not exhibit any symptoms at all. Signs of sexual abuse vary depending on factors such as the age of the child and the extent of the abuse. Common signs include:
- depression and withdrawal,
- regressive behaviors such as bed wetting,
- aggression, and
- exhibiting sexually inappropriate behavior.
Many parents of sexually abused children often blame themselves for failing to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse in their children. However, many children do not exhibit any signs, and ultimately, the blame lies solely with the abuser and any institution or other person who covered up the abuse.
Anyone with information about child sex abuse should speak to law enforcement. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit telephone number is 215-685-3252 and the District Attorney’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit telephone number is 215-686-8080.
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Published: September 26, 2012