SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE
Below are indicators of child abuse that include but are not limited to these signs. Some signs that a child is experiencing abuse are more obvious than others. Trust your instincts.
Suspected abuse is enough of a reason to contact authorities.
You do not need proof.
Acting out sexually, or knowledge of sex that is not age appropriate
Self-destructive and risk taking behavior (hair pulling, cutting, drug and alcohol use)
Returning to earlier behaviors (bedwetting, thumb-sucking)
Changes in school performance and attendance
Nightmares/changes in sleeping
Depression or unstable moods
New or unusual fear of certain people or places
Lack of personal hygiene or care
Weight loss/gain, change in appetite
Swelling, redness, soreness, bleeding, infections or other changes in the genital area
Frequent headaches or stomach aches