Indicators of Possible Child Abuse in: Sexual Abuse Cases

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  • Appears withdrawn or engages in fantasy or infantile behavior.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.

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