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Help to identify the signs of child molestation. Learn what to look for and what to do if you find it.

Stop:  If you suspect your child may have recently been sexually abused, call 1.800.656.HOPE.   This is the number for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.  They can help you verify if your child is being abused and learn what to do about it if they are.

Signs Of Child Molestation

The younger the child, the more difficult it is to determine if your child has been or is being molested.  As a teenager, or even pre-teen, they may just blurt it out, but then you have the problem determining if the accusation was motivated by something other than molestation.  We've all heard of the false accusations that ruin the reputations of upstanding citizens.  So, how can you know if someone is victimizing your child?  Unless you witness it or someone admits can't!  Everything relies on your best guess based on the evidence you find.  Obviously, you need to have very strong suspicions before formally accusing someone and needlessly damaging their reputation.  A great tool to help you assess the possibility of molestation is the following Signs of Child Molestation produced by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.  Following the signs, we'll discuss some actions to take.

Signs of Sexual Exploitation in Children: Parents, grandparents, and guardians should be aware of the signs noted below that could indicate your child has been sexually molested. You should note that some of these behaviors may have other explanations, but it is important to assist your child no matter what the cause of these symptoms or behaviors.

If you observe any of these behaviors, talk to your child about the causes. Behavioral changes such as these may be due to causes other than sexual exploitation such as a medical, family, or school problem. Also keep in mind that sometimes children do not always demonstrate obvious signs such as these but may do or say something that hints at the exploitation.

Information adapted from Just in Case...Parental guidelines in case you are considering daycare and Parental guidelines in case your child might someday be a victim of sexual exploitation. Copyright © respectively 1989 and 2003 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. All rights reserved.

Child Molestation Conclusion: As you can see from above, the signs can be caused by other things and, even if no signs are present, molestation may be happening.  If you suspect molestation, take actions to verify your suspicions.  Investigate with your child, the child's friends, teachers, friend's parents, etc.  If, at any age, your child confirms your suspicions, you must report it to your local government for their investigation.  To get more information on helping your child recover or to recover yourself, visit our page Child Sexual Abuse.  If you want God's help to resolve this and to recover, visit God help me.

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