Signs to Look For

It’s normal for a child or adolescent’s behavior to change after they have experienced trauma like sexual abuse, and that is how they’re trying to cope. With the help of our advocates and our counseling referrals, your child is likely to heal and continue on with their normal behaviors. While they are coping, some common behaviors that they may display are:

  • Frequently feeling sick
  • Different sleep patterns or nightmares
  • Changes in school performance
  • Changes in appetite
  • Withdrawal and depression
  • Anger and mood swings
  • Aggressiveness
  • Wetting the bed
  • Sexually inappropriate behavior
  • Lying

Some children may not display these behaviors, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t trying to cope in other ways. In general, these behaviors are difficult for parents to understand and handle. It’s important to speak with professionals to better understand why the behaviors your child or adolescent are displaying are going on and how you can support them to the best of your ability.



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