Emotional Warning Signs

Not all child victims will demonstrate emotional signs of having been sexually abused. However, some of the following warning signs give clear indication that a child has suffered abuse and is unable to ask for help.
  • Unexplained sadness and crying
  • Depressed mood 
  • Extreme mood swings from depressed to manic 
  • Fear of certain people or situations
  • Difficulty trusting others
  • Fear of adults 
  • Fear of being alone
  • Anxiety 
  • Unexplained panic
  • Intense anger and hostility or explosive rage
  • Self-hatred 
  • Guilt and shame 
  • Conflicts with family
  • Phobias such as fear of doctors, dentists, or sleeping with someone   
  • Noticable loss of self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Feelings of hopelessness resulting in thoughts of suicide  

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