Child Psychology

    Does a child's sexual abuse create an indication or a sign that the child will begin acting out sexual abuse at a young age?

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    Children act out things they've learned so yes, a sexually abused child may mimic the behavior they've learned from the being sexually abused.

    What are signs of molestation?

    Some signs might include:

    • Changes in behavior, extreme mood swings, withdrawal, fearfulness, and excessive crying

    • Bed-wetting, nightmares, fear of going to bed, or other sleep disturbances

    • Acting out inappropriate sexual activity or showing an unusual interest in sexual matters

    • A sudden acting out of feelings or aggressive or rebellious behavior

    • Regression to infantile behavior; clinging

    • School or behavioral problems

    • Changes in toilet-training habits

    • A fear of certain places, people, or activities

    • Bruises, rashes, cuts, limping, multiple or poorly explained injuries

    • Pain, itching, bleeding, fluid, or rawness in the private areas

    If you observe any of these behaviors, talk to your child about the causes. Behavioral changes such as these may be due to causes other than sexual exploitation such as a medical, family, or school problem. Also keep in mind that sometimes children do not always demonstrate obvious signs such as these but may do or say something that hints at the exploitation.


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