If you have read the story of this little girl, you know she had a very difficult upbringing. You may think her childhood memories haunt her even as an adult, but they don’t. To courageously tell a true story of abuse as a young girl, although now an adult mother, is in itself strong indication that she has healed from her past. Having learned at a very young age to keep such offenses secret, due to the consequences she received from speaking out, she was able to break free from abuse as an adult. As an adult, she isn’t afraid of speaking her mind, expressing her feelings in a straight-forward manner, or speaking out against issues of abuse, because she understands completely. Fear doesn’t have a strangle-hold on her any longer. A question remains for you, my devoted readers. What will YOU do to help those that are abused?
I’ve received several private email messages, since writing this very personal story, wondering why I chose to write it and publish it on the internet? My response was the same for them all. Sometimes you have to put abuse cases right in people’s faces for people in society to wake up to the call to learn how to recognize when abuse is happening, the signs and symptoms of abuse, and what to do about it. Having experienced several different forms of abuse while growing up, and while married, I couldn’t be silent on these issues. Below I list several resources for learning about the signs and symptoms of abuse, and what you can and need to do about it.
If you suspect child abuse, always report it, for the sake of the child. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD. For more information, see How Do I Report Suspected Child Abuse?
To recognize child abuse, look for clusters of the following physical and behavioral symptoms:
Some signs of physical child abuse:
-Burns, bite marks, cuts, bruises, or welts in the shape of an object.
-Resistance to going home.
-Fear of adults.
Some signs of emotional child abuse:
Some signs of sexual child abuse:
-Inappropriate interest in or knowledge of sexual acts.
-Avoidance of things related to sexuality, or rejection of own genitals or body.
-Either over-compliance or excessive aggression.
-Fear of a particular person or family member.
How can I get help for child abuse?
To get help in the U.S., call:
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline can help:
-Victims: children and teens who have been abused
-Survivors of child abuse
-Abusers: people who have abused a child or who are afraid that they may abuse a child
-Witnesses to child abuse
Domestic Violence and Abuse:
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Abusive Relationships
Types, Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Help
Drug Abuse and Addiction:
Signs, Symptoms, and Effects
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
Signs, Symptoms, Effects, and Testing
Types, Causes and Treatment