Special note: Childcare professionals are required to report suspected abuse of any kind to the proper authorities. In Indiana, call toll-free 1-800-800-5556 or go to the Prevent Child Abuse Indiana website. The toll-free numbers to report child abuse in any state may be found at http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/tollfree.cfm
It may be difficult to recognize signs of sexual abuse. The following are ideas that can guide you in examining the possibility of sexual abuse. Remember that sexual abusers are not always parents; they may be siblings, relatives, neighbors, etc. This is not a complete list of symptoms. A child/parent with one or a few of these tendencies may not be involved in sexual abuse. You should be concerned when you see several of these behaviors over time.
behaviors of child:
behaviors of parents:
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