Spot Child Abuse
Since April is declared National Child Abuse Prevention month, it is important to address the issue. 700,000 children in the United States are abused EACH YEAR! In 2015, 1,670 children died from being abused (NCA). Unfortunately, that was not a typo. Those are child abuse statistics.
With that being said, most of these child abuse cases can be prevented by people like you and me. The problem is that many of us don't know how to tell if a child is being abused. In addition, if we have a feeling that a child we see is being mistreated then it becomes "none of our business."
Continue reading if you are ready to take a stand for the children that can't.
Warning Signs a Child is Being Abused
FACT: 90% of child abusers are either a Parent or a Relative to the child (NCA)
The focus will be on the Top Signs for Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Abuse.
Emotional Abuse Signs
Symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, pain without any medical cause
Social withdrawal or loss of interest/enthusiasm for things they previously enjoyed
Excessively withdrawn, fearful, or anxious about doing something wrong
Shows extremes in behavior (extremely compliant, demanding, passive, aggressive)
Acts either inappropriately adult (taking care of other children) or inappropriately infantile (thumb-sucking, throwing tantrums)
Physical Abuse Signs
Injuries that don’t match explanations
Unexplained injuries such as bruises, welts, bumps, fractures, burns or broken bones
Injuries that are at different stages of healing
Seem to always be on high alert
Avoid any kind of touch or physical contact
Sexual Abuse Signs
Abusing other children (sexually)
Displays knowledge in sexual acts inappropriate to their age, or even seductive behavior
Makes strong efforts to avoid a specific person, without an obvious reason
Doesn’t want to change clothes in front of others or participate in physical activities
Sudden unexplained personality changes, mood swings and seeming insecure
What You Should Do Next
If you suspect that a child is being abused call 855-O-H-CHILD (855-642-4453)
Hancock County JFS: 419-422-0182
For further information on the reporting process Click Here.
**It is important to note that these warning signs do not necessarily mean that a child is being abused. It causes for further investigation and seeking help from authorities. **