Different Symptoms of Child Sexual Abuse
A symptom is a sign or an indication of something. When someone has been subjected to child sexual abuse, there are several symptoms that will help those close to him/her validating that an abuse indeed took place. But it should be noted that every victim may manifest different signs and there is no telling if how long each symptom will last. Social Issues One of the earliest symptoms of sexual abuse can be detected in how a child relates to the environment and other people. For instance, if your kid suddenly becomes aloof and detached even to his/her friends or the family, he/she may be hiding something. Most of the time, the fear and trauma they have incurred due to the experience will make them hate, avoid, or curse other people. In addition, children who are sexually abuse will drastically lose self-esteem and confidence. They think that if others know about their experience, they will be humiliated, degraded, and embarrassed. As a result, they begin to skip school, avoid communicating people, and even develop a tendency of paranoia - where they think that other people may do the same abuse to them. Finally, symptoms of child sexual abuse can also be seen even years after the experience. Many grown-ups who were abused when they were still young cannot commit in building relationships with someone because of the fear that disclosure of the abuse may end the relationship for good. Psychological/Mental Issues One of the most alarming symptoms of child sexual abuse is when the mental or psychological state of the victim is affected. When a child abruptly manifests a change in behavior, there's a great possibility that he/she has been sexually abused. While not all experiences end up in psychological consequences, those who were abused continuously abused for years are the ones who are likely to become unstable emotionally and mentally. Some of the leading symptoms are anxiety disorder, panic attacks, paranoia, and attitudes of anger and aggressive behavior. Physical Signs and Injuries When children are sexually abused, it is usually coupled with force and physical trauma. Sex offenders do not hesitate in inflicting pain and injury if the victim does not comply. Thus, many child victims end up having obvious symptoms of prior sexual abuse. This may include pain in several parts of the body such as the back, abdomen, and stomach. Headaches, menstrual and intestinal pain, and chronic pains are recurring signs.
In the American church and in society at large there is a growing problem of youth falling prey to sexual molesters. In the church specifically, all denominations have struggled with fear and denial of the problem. Many may fear the stigma that child sexual assault has on the public's perception of a particular church body. These roadblocks to justice must be removed in order for integrity and honesty to be preserved.
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