Be Aware of Behavior Indicators of Abuse:
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on the web:

  • Wary of adult contacts
  • Apprehensive when other children cry
  • Behavior extremes: aggressive to withdrawn
  • Frightened of parents
  • Afraid to go home
  • Reports of injury by parents
  • Begging or stealing food
  • Extended stays at school
  • Constantly falling asleep in class
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Delinquency
  • Statement by child of "no caregiver"
  • Unwilling to change for gym or participate in P.E.
  • Withdrawal, fantasy or infantile behavior
  • Bizarre, sophisticated or unusual sexual behavior/knowledge
  • Poor peer relationships
  • Runs away
  • Reports sexual assault by caregiver
  • Eating disorders
  • Overly adult behavior
  • Developmental lags
  • Attempted suicide