Spot Child Abuse

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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

  1. Symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, pain without any medical cause 

  2. Social withdrawal or loss of interest/enthusiasm for things they previously enjoyed 

  3. Excessively withdrawn, fearful, or anxious about doing something wrong 

  4. Shows extremes in behavior (extremely compliant, demanding, passive, aggressive) 

  5. Acts either inappropriately adult (taking care of other children) or inappropriately infantile (thumb-sucking, throwing tantrums) 

Physical Abuse Signs

  1. Injuries that don’t match explanations 

  2. Unexplained injuries such as bruises, welts, bumps, fractures, burns or broken bones 

  3. Injuries that are at different stages of healing 

  4. Seem to always be on high alert 

  5. Avoid any kind of touch or physical contact 

Sexual Abuse Signs

  1. Abusing other children (sexually) 

  2. Displays knowledge in sexual acts inappropriate to their age, or even seductive behavior 

  3. Makes strong efforts to avoid a specific person, without an obvious reason 

  4. Doesn’t want to change clothes in front of others or participate in physical activities 

  5. 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. ** 


Andrea KramerComment