The effects of child abuse can last a lifetime. If you or someone you know is struggling with issues of past abuse, there are people who can help.
It is important to be aware of the signs of child abuse and report if you are suspicious of abuse occurring. If you think that a child between the ages of 0 -18 is being abused you can report your concern to the local Child Protective Unit or call the New York State Central Register.
Remember that without an official report, local authorities do not have the authority to intervene.
The following are some possible indicators or warning signals of abuse. No one of these behaviors alone is necessarily an indicator of abuse. They are warning signals that alert us that something distressing is oc- curring in the child’s life. The source of the problem needs to be ex- plored and the child needs help and support.
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Avoids physical contact with others Refuses to undress for gym or for physical exams Wears clothing to conceal injury Gives inconsistent versions of occurrence of injuries Seems frightened of parents or others Often late or absent from school Comes too early to school, seems reluctant to go home after Overly compliant, withdrawn, gives in readily History of running away from home
Contact your doctor Child Protective Services
New York State Central Register of Child Abuse