Vigilance, Part 4 – Sexual Abuse

National Institutes of Health Sex Abuse Disorders Graph
(PD as work product of federal govt.)

These days, children can become victims of sexual exploitation in a variety of ways.  If the sexual predator is a parent, the incest is likely to be a closely held secret.  Whoever the predator, sexual abuse has long-term, devastating consequences.

The warning signs of sexual abuse include the following [1]:

  • A young child who suddenly has difficulty sitting or walking, suggesting injury to the genital area.
  • A child who suddenly refuses to change for gym or take part in other physical activities at school.
  • A child whose hygiene changes suddenly, since children who have been sexually abused may feel “dirty” and stop bathing (or become obsessed with cleanliness, and wash constantly).
  • A child who demonstrates unusual knowledge of sex or sexualized behavior.
  • A child who becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease, especially under the age of fourteen.
  • A child who says s/he has been sexually abused by a parent or caregiver.

We assume that the predator parent or caregiver (uncle, boyfriend, etc.) is likely to be secretive and isolated.  This is not always, however, the case.

The sexual predator may be unusually “protective” of the abused child, often sharply restricting a child’s contact with other children – particularly those of the opposite sex.

Guardians

We are the only guardians children have against the darkness of this world.  It is vital that we remain vigilant on their behalf.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5: 8).

[1]  Prevent Child Abuse America, “Recognizing Child Abuse:  What Parents Should Know”,   https://preventchildabuse.org/resource/recognizing-child-abuse-what-parents-should-know/.

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16 Comments

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16 responses to “Vigilance, Part 4 – Sexual Abuse

  1. Share another informative post by Anna. On how sick our planet is.

  2. Pingback: Vigilance, Part 4 – Sexual Abuse — ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse

  3. Oh yes better to be vigilant 👏 Forgive them my Lord they know not what they do

  4. The depravity of man who distances himself from God knows no limits Anna, as the exploitation and sexual abuse of children must surely be the crown jewel of the demonic.

  5. So troubling. If only we dwelled more and reached out more, on untroubling our souls, given the weight of dependency here, and on other life style heath choices,

  6. Anna, your work is instrumental in offering aid and guidance to the oppressed. A true beacon, a guiding light. Blessings.

  7. Some children don’t show and tell. I kept my story quiet. Some I have never told.

  8. Great tips Anna,
    Many have said they never surmised their child had been abused..
    Unfortunately many others fail to see the signs, or ignore them..
    They sacrifice the child to avoid any inconvenient changes in their life..
    Thank you for sharing warning signs and for being vigilant.

  9. A great post with much needed information. Being informed and observant of these horrible crimes is the only way we can begin to defeat these sexual predators of our children. Wonderful, insightful and very much needed. Thank you!!!

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