So far, a recognizable pattern of clinical symptoms for child sexual abuse CSA , especially in young male children, is lacking. We included 54 confirmed CSA victims, median age 3. None of the children showed CSA-specific genital signs at physical examination. Testing for STIs was negative. Conclusion : Physical complaints and physical signs at examinations were non-specific for CSA. Deviant behavioral reactions during physical examination were the most prominent finding.
What are the warning signs for child sexual abuse?
Back to Healthy body. Here are the signs to be aware of and what to do if you suspect a child is being sexually abused. A child who is being sexually abused may care for their abuser and worry about getting them into trouble. You can talk directly to the police or your local children's social services and this can be anonymous. You can also get advice or report your concerns anonymously to the NSPCC by phoning its free helpline on If you are a health professional and suspect a child you are caring for is experiencing abuse or is at risk of abuse, you can seek advice from the "named nurse" or "named doctor" in your hospital or care setting. If you are concerned about your own thoughts or behaviour towards children, you can phone Stop It Now! If you are a child and someone is sexually abusing you, you can get help and advice from ChildLine — call , calls are free and confidential.
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The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Many parents may be concerned about the safety of their child, and whether they are missing signs the child may be being groomed, or sexually abused. Child sexual abuse is a global problem.
Every 9 minutes, government authorities respond to another report of child sexual abuse. These crimes can have a serious impact of the life and development of a child, and can continue to impact the survivor later in life. Learning the warning signs of child sexual abuse is often the first step to protecting a child that is in danger. If you can spot sexual abuse, you can stop it. Some signs are easier to spot than others. For instance, some warning signs might be noticed by a caretaker or parent, and are often red flags that the child needs medical attention. Listen to your instincts. Talk to someone who can help you figure out if this is something that must be reported, such as a staff member from your local sexual assault service provider.