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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the symptoms of sexual abuse in a child?

    Children often do not realise they are being abused sexually or may be afraid to report it. As a teacher, how can I become aware of some of the signs of sexual abuse?
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  • ASCA is an Australian national charity which advances the health and wellbeing of people and communities affected by child abuse, for this and future generations.ASCA … View Profile

    Sexually abused children exhibit a range of behaviours, including:

    • Withdrawn, unhappy and suicidal behaviour
    • Self-harm and suicidality
    • Aggressive and violent behaviour
    • Bedwetting, sleep problems, nightmares
    • Eating problems e.g. anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa
    • Mood swings
    • Detachment
    • Pains for no medical reason
    • Sexual behaviour, language, or knowledge too advanced for their age
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