Indicators of Sexual Abuse Physical indicators
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Pain, itching or bleeding of the genital area Torn or stained clothing Trouble walking or sitting Bladder or urinary tract infections Pregnancy Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Unlike cases of physical abuse, physical evidence of sexual abuse is rare, except in the most extreme cases.
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Aggressive or hostile acting out Avoidance of specific people or places Abnormal or sophisticated sexual knowledge Sexual seductiveness or aggressiveness –equates sexual behavior with affection Sleep disturbances (nightmares or night terrors) Seems withdrawn or depressed Sudden weight gain or loss
If an adolescent shows signs of these physical or behavioral indicators, it is not always an indication of sexual abuse, but it may be a sign that there is something upsetting going on in their life. Talking and listening to the adolescent may clarify their concern and give you the opportu- nity to address the issue.
Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc. S.A.V.A.R. (Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate Resource)
The New York State Register of Child Abuse Non-Mandated Reporters Mandated Reporters
(800) 342-3720 (800) 635-1522
Emergency Police or Medical Assistance