Most people are unsure of what to look for when considering signs a child may be a victim of sexual abuse. To complicate matters, children often do not display signs of having been sexually abused for months or even years after the abuse has occurred. Many parents and caregivers look back and recognize signs of sexual abuse they did not notice before. That’s understandable since most caregivers are not expecting someone to abuse their child, and are not educated about what to look for in the first place. Remember, sexual abusers are very good at manipulating and hiding their behavior. Ultimately, blame for sexual abuse is always the perpetrator’s, never the caregiver’s and never the child’s.
For quick reference, a Don’t Miss the Signs flyer about the most common signs and symptoms of sexual abuse is available in English and Spanish.