St. Augustine Youth Services

Child Abuse…

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT YOUR SHOULD DO

There are a number of signals that children display that may indicate the presence of abuse or neglect. The presence of a single sign does not prove that abuse is occurring; however, when a sign appears repeatedly, or in combination with other signals, a close look at the situation is called for and the possibility of abuse and/or neglect should be considered.

SIGNS OF PHYSICAL ABUSE:

  • The child Has unexplained burns, cuts, bruises, bite marks or broken bones
  • Exhibits antisocial behavior
  • Has fading bruises or other marks, especially after absence from school
  • Seems frightened of parents and protests when it is time to go home
  • Shrinks at the approach of adults
  • Reports injury by parent or other caregiver

SIGNS OF SEXUAL ABUSE:

  • The child has difficulty walking or sitting
  • Suddenly refuses to change for gym class or to participate in physical activities
  • Experiences sudden change in appetite
  • Experiences nightmares and/or bedwetting
  • Exhibits over-compliance/subservience, or severe aggression
  • Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, unusual sexual knowledge or behavior
  • Becomes pregnant or contracts an STD
  • Reports sexual abuse by parent or other caregiver
  • Expresses fear of a particular family member

SIGNS OF NEGLECT:

  • The child  is frequently absent from school
  • Begs or steals money or food
  • Lacks medical or dental care
  • Is consistently dirty and has severe body odor
  • Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather
  • States there is no one home to provide care.

Many people incorrectly believe that:

  • By law, abused children must be removed from their homes immediately. This is actually the least likely outcome.
  • Child abuse cannot be reported anonymously. In Florida, as in most states, you don’t have to provide your name.
  • The person reported for abuse is entitled to know who made the report. He/she is not.

To make a report of witnessed or suspected child abuse in Florida, call 1-(800)-96-ABUSE (1-800-962- 2873). Calls to the Abuse Hotline are toll-free, and may be made anonymously.

Some startling facts:

  • About 30% of abused children grow up to abuse their own children.
  • Children who experience child abuse are 59% more likely to be arrested as juveniles, 28% more likely to be arrested as adults, and 30% more likely to commit violent crimes.
  • Children who have been sexually abused are four times more likely to become drug abusers, and three times more likely to abuse alcohol.
  • 80% of young adults who have experienced abuse as children meet the diagnostic criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder by the age of 21.
  • 14% of men and 36% of women in prison report having been abused as children.
  • Up to 80% of child fatalities caused by maltreatment are incorrectly recorded on death certificates.
  • One in seven girls and one in eight boys experience some form of sexual molestation before they reach the age of 18.

(Statistics courtesy of http://www.ChildHelp.org)

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For more information about SAYS’ Programs, staff, fundraising efforts, and employment opportunities, please visit http://www.staugustineyouthservices.com

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