Sexual Abuse is a worldwide issue. However, the statistics do not show the whole picture because they only represent reported cases.
Sexual Abuse can be done in any setting and to any person. Most incidents of sexual assault are perpetrated by a family member or close to the victim. There are many different types of sexual abusers including teachers, clergy, neighbors, coaches, and even strangers at a party.
Children are the victims of this abusive situations. They are also considered the most vulnerable ones, since they do not have the ability to defend themselves when they are abused by a caregiver. Children can also become targets for sexual offenders who may be their classmates. It can also happen within a group of children at school or a camp or in the community.
There are several signs of sexual abuse that you should be able to notice in your child. These signs may include physical or emotional abuse. You should check your child’s bedroom and observe if he/she is being abused. If the signs of abuse are present, you should immediately take them to a trusted medical doctor or even a teacher. Your child can also tell you if he/she has been sexually abused.
Sexual Abuse may cause physical and emotional scarring on your child’s body and mind. These scars may be permanent. You must give him/her the best possible treatment to avoid the recurrence of the incidents. Sexual abuse is serious and can lead to lifelong consequences.
Another sign of sexual abuse that you should look for in your child is if the abuser is making a lot of advances on your child without your consent. If your child feels like no one can protect him/her from this sexual advances, it might be a sign of abuse. Also, there should be signs of bruises or scabs left behind when your child was molested.
Another sign of abuse can be a violent or abusive relationship between your child and another adult. This type of abuse can result to severe injuries or death. It can also lead to emotional scars as well. If your child is being abused by a family member, he/she might not be able to trust any of the other adults around them especially those that she/he was once involved with.
Sexual Abuse can cause long term damage to your child’s self esteem and emotional health. These wounds can cause trauma in the long run. The child’s self-esteem can be deeply affected by it. You should be alert of the symptoms of sexual abuse. In some cases, your child might even withdraw from friends and other people because of fear of being exposed to sexual predators again.
Physical symptoms of sexual abuse are not that easy to identify. Some of these signs include bruises, cuts or scars that are caused by an adult. Other symptoms include unexplained bruises on the thighs, buttocks or arms. In children, you might see dark marks or spots on their clothes that are unexplained. Sometimes, you might notice red streaks on your child’s underwear.
Physical abuse can lead to other problems like severe depression. Physical abuse has also been proven to be the cause of some serious illnesses like diabetes, cancer and heart attack. You should seek help of an elder’s guide if your child starts to exhibit any signs of physical abuse. and/or neglect.
If your child’s father is the abuser, your child may start to behave very differently. because he/she feels like they are at fault. Even if the father is not the one responsible, your child is still likely to be ashamed and embarrassed of who the father is. If your child has been mistreated by his/her father, your child may become shy and try to keep it a secret.
Children who have been sexually abused by a child are usually very scared and feel guilty for what happened. They can also suffer low self-esteem. Many have suffered from depression and anxiety, especially when they grow up to become adults.