Common warning signs of abuse

  • Lack of trust in adults
  • Fear of a particular adult
  • Withdraw or introverted behaviour
  • Running away
  • Girls taking on mothering roles
  • Truancy from school
  • Problems with school work
  • Inability to concerntrate
  • Low self esteem
  • Stealing
  • Drug/Alcohol/Solvent Abuse
  • Displays of sexual awareness beyond their actual age
  • Physical and mental difficulties
  • Bruises/Scratches/Bite Marks
  • Suicide attempts/general depression
  • Anorexia/Eating Disorders (Significant weight change up or down)
  • Difficulty in walking or sitting
  • Itching/sores
  • Pregnancy
  • Recurring urinary/vaginal infections
  • Sexually Transmitted Desease