Recognize Child Sexual Abuse
The following physical, behavioral, and emotional signs are not meant to serve as an exhaustive list of the ways children experiencing sexual abuse may act, feel, or work through their trauma. A child’s response is unique to them as an individual and may or may not include the common signs mentioned.
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Consequences of Child Sexual Abuse
Experiencing child sexual abuse is an adverse childhood experience (ACE) that can affect how a person thinks, acts, and feels over a lifetime, resulting in short- and long-term physical and mental/emotional health consequences.
Physical health consequences
Examples of physical health consequences include:
Mental Health consequences
Examples of mental health consequences include:
Examples of behavioral consequences include:
Another outcome commonly associated with child sexual abuse is an increased risk of re-victimization throughout a person’s life. For example, recent studies have found:
Source: Center for Disease Control