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Our Youth

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.

Behavioral Indicators

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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or aggressiveness –equates sexual behavior with affection Sleep disturbances (nightmares or night terrors) Seems withdrawn or depressed Sudden weight gain or loss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.

Resources

Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc. S.A.V.A.R. (Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate Resource)

(315) 253-9795

The New York State Register of Child Abuse Non-Mandated Reporters Mandated Reporters

(800) 342-3720 (800) 635-1522

Emergency Police or Medical Assistance

Call 9-1-1

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