If you Suspect Child Abuse, Report It

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If you suspect that a child has been abused, you should contact CHILDLINE (1-800-932-0313) immediately. Reports may be made anonymously; the name of the person reporting the abuse will not be released.


Behavioral indicators of child sexual abuse include, but are not limited to
 

  • Sexually aggressive behavior with others
  • Detailed and overly sophisticated understanding of sexual behavior
  • Sexual themes in child's artwork, stories or plays
  • Regressive behavior; sudden onset of soiling and wetting
  • Withdrawal into fantasy worlds
  • Sleep disturbances and nightmares
  • Changes in appetite
  • Anxiety, depression, phobias, obsession
  • Overly compliant behavior
  • Acting like a parent or spouse
  • Delinquent or aggressive behavior
  • Poor or deteriorating relationships with peers
  • Deterioration in school performance
  • Truancy/running away
  • Prostitution
  • Suicidal feelings 

     

  • WHAT IF YOU SUSPECT A CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

  • Remain calm
  • Isolate the child from the alleged perpetrator
  • Let the child tell you what happened in their own words
  • Reassure the child that they have done nothing wrong
  • Seek medical attention if necessary. Medical attention may be required in cases even wherever signs of injury are not immediately apparent
  • Report the incident
    • CHILDLINE (1-800-932-0313)
    • Local police department, or
    • Dauphin County Children and Youth