SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - OffenderWatch offers the following warning signs, which could indicate a child has been abused.
Any one sign does not mean that the child was abused. Some of the behaviors below can show up during stressful times in a child's life, as well as when abuse occurs. If you see several of these signs in a child you know well, please begin to ask questions.
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Does the child:
• Have nightmares, trouble sleeping, fear of the dark, or other sleeping problems.
• Talk about an extreme fear of "monsters".
• Space out at times.
• Show a sudden loss of appetite, or trouble eating or swallowing.
• Exhibit sudden mood swings: rage, fear, anger, or withdrawal.
• Fear of certain people or places. For example: a child may not want to be left alone with a baby-sitter, a friend, a relative, or some other child or adult; or a child who is usually talkative and cheery may become quiet and distant when around a certain person.
• Stomach illness all of the time with no identifiable reason.
• Child behaving like a younger child, such as bed-wetting or thumb-sucking.
• Sexual activities with toys or other children, such as simulating sex with dolls or asking other children / siblings to behave sexually.
• New words for private body parts.
• Refusing to talk about a "secret" he or she has with an adult or older child.
• Talking about a new older friend.
• Suddenly having money.