Sexual abuse is when a child is subjected to sexual acts, with or without physical contact, by their parents or another person, and the parents do not take the action necessary to end the situation.

 

It is also when the child is at serious risk of being subjected to sexual acts, with or without physical contact, on the part of their parents or someone else, and the parents do not take the action necessary to end the situation.

 

Some signs:

  • The child says that they have been subjected to sexual acts;
  • The child says they feel pain in their genital organs;
  • The child displays precocious sexual behaviour;
  • The child has knowledge about sexual behaviour that is inappropriate for their age;
  • The child has a sexually transmitted infection (STI);
  • The child claims to have experienced pornography
  • The child says their parent does not respect their personal privacy;
  • The child refuses to undergo a medical examination;
  • The child is afraid of one adult in particular;
  • The child displays sudden changes in behaviour (e.g.: abrupt drop in school performance, loss of appetite);
  • The child suffers from incontinence, stomach aches, frequent vomiting, nightmares or insomnia;
  • The child has objects or money without saying where they came from;
  • An adult demonstrates unusual interest in the child.

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