Indicators of Possible Child Abuse in: Sexual Abuse Cases
(Following information taken from Information Guide published by Childhelp USA )
Clergy Malpractice – Child’s Appearance
- Has torn, stained or bloody underclothing.
- Experiences pain or itching in genital area.
- Have bruises or bleeding in external genitalia, vagina or regions.
- Has venereal disease.
- Has swollen or red cervix, vulva or perinea.
- Has semen around mouth or genitalia or on clothing.
- Is pregnant.
Clergy Malpractice – Child’s Behavior
- Appears withdrawn or engages in fantasy or infantile behavior.
- Have poor peer relations.
- Is unwilling to participate in physical activities.
- Is engaging in delinquent acts or runs away.
- States she or he has been sexually assaulted.
Clergy Malpractice – Perpetrator’s Behavior
- Extremely protective or jealous of child.
- Encourages child to engage in prostitution or sexual acts in the presence of perpetrator.
- Has been sexually abused as a child.
- Is experiencing marital difficulties.
- Misuses alcohol or other drugs.
- Is frequently absent from home.
Clergy Malpractice – Child Abuse Statistics
- There are 30 abuse and neglect cases for every 1000 people.
- Average age of a child victim is 7 years of age.
- In 1985 an estimated 113,000 children were reported with sexual maltreatments.
- Experts estimate that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 8 boys under the age of 18 will be involved in some form of forced sexual experience with an adult.
- 80% of prison inmates have been abused as children.
- More than 80% of all prostitutes and hustlers were sexually abused as children.