Signs of Child Abuse

  • Child tells you they are being abused, physically or sexually
  • Unexplained bruises; bruises of different ages; bruises where the explanation doesn’t match what you see
  • Cigarette burns; patterned burns (like an iron); burns that cover an entire foot or hand
  • Unexplained broken bones
  • Runs away
  • Wears concealing clothes
  • Comes to school early and stays late
  • Fear of adults
  • Are overly compliant or very aggressive
  • Advanced sexual knowledge for their age
  • Excessive masturbation
  • Age regressive behaviors (sucking thumb, bed-wetting…)
  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Torn or bloody underwear
  • Bruises or bleeding of the genitalia or genital pain and itching
  • Constantly hungry or dirty
  • Very small or thin for their age
  • Begging or stealing food