As you talk with your child and create a strong channel of communication, you may hear or see things that cause you to have reasons for concern regarding their safety. This may include your child acting out or displaying overly sexualized behaviors, but understand that it is common under the circumstances. Watch the video below to learn more about the signs of child sexual abuse.

If you see any of the behaviors below or have any other concerns about your child’s behavior, get help right away. For suggested professional advocacy and therapy resources in your area, visit the Respond section.

Although some sexual behavior is normal for children, there are behaviors that may indicate something has happened.

The Child Behavior Checklist includes behaviors and emotions that children who have been traumatized by sexual abuse may exhibit. As you go through this list, consider not only if you have noticed any of these changes, but also any specific examples you can think of. Keep this document with other important materials, so that when you and your child work with a counselor or advocate, you can use these examples to help explain the changes you have observed. Your observations and careful attention to your child can help them in the healing process.