How Does A Child Behave When Abused?

Following the Amjad & Suha Bseisu Foundation's work with the NSPCC, we have found it necessary in our endeavors to inform and research the mandatory question of how you can tell when a child victim of sexual abuse is portraying odd behavior. The NSPCC have recently begun a project named Turn The Page, of which aims to further knowledge of child abuse and make awareness of its existence around the world. The NSPCC's endeavor towards this project has been primarily assessing the cause of child abuse before analyzing the effect of it.

In 2016 alone, over 700,000 children in the U.S were abducted, constructing the shocking figure of every 1 in 100 children being sexually abused a year. And the effect of this, is an onslaught of abuse to come, as 30% of victims of sexual abuse become sexual abusers. And this raises the critical issue of being able to know when the 1 out of 100 children you have met on a day to day basis have or are being sexual abused, and how to stop it to potentially prevent a certain trauma building within them, eventually leading to them seeing eye to eye in their abuser's actions. 

Children are the seed of all life. Every breath of air brings a wind of knowledge their way. The world is something so vast they believe it could take multiple lifetimes to explore. Then again, multiple lifetimes aren't put into perspective for them considering the fact that they are experiencing the most prominent physical and emotional stages of their lives. And a primary indication of abuse is a certain withdrawal from their friends or social lives. Although this may be an ordinary evolution in personality, it is certainly something to bear in mind if they are completely shifting their behavioral patterns.

Another indication is a certain reluctance or aggression towards activities, rules, or even something as simple as taking the school bus. Anger might be expressed directly, in tantrums or acting out, or through manipulative, passive-aggressive behavior; the child might hide his or her anger in socially acceptable actions, like giving a high-5 that hurts or hugging someone too hard.

And of course, blatant statements of abuse, unexplained injuries, or an attempt to run away are all primary indications of an issue in the child's life of which requires immediate attention.

If you're concerned that your child or another child has been abused, seek help immediately.

If the child needs immediate medical attention, call 911 or your local emergency number. Depending on the situation, contact the child's doctor, a local child protective agency, the police department, or a 24-hour hotline such as Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (800-422-4453).

Keep in mind that health care professionals are legally required to report all suspected cases of child abuse to the appropriate county or state authorities. 

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