The Cry for Help

Know the Signs

Physical and Behavioral Signs

  • Covering large amounts of skin regardless of temperature.
  • Skiddish around adults or parents.
  • Acting out in classes or generally unfocused.
  • Stunted growth and/or brittle and weak.
  • Bullying smaller children to feel in control.
  • Constant absences or tardies in classes.
  • Sleep deprived.
  • Poor hygene (i.e. wearing the same cloths for several or unbathed).
  • Apparent self harm.

Emotional Signs

  • Refusal to eat of drink.
  • Low self-esteem or self loathing.
  • Emotionless or vague emotions.
  • Random breakdowns.
  • Hatred or fear of athority figures.
  • Disconnected from other children; self isolation.
  • Nightmares or night terrors.
  • Loss of developemental skills.
  • If sexually abused, may desire to sexually abuse other children.
  • Contimplates suicide.
  • Depressed, anxious, or rebellious.

How to Help

  • Contact an adult, or principal.
  • Contact the police.
  • Have any physical injuries checked by a doctor or school nurse.
  • Have a counsilor talk to the child.
  • Tell someone who may be able to investigate the matter.
After:

  • Suggest a support group.
  • Be patient and caring towards the victim.
  • Suggest counsiling for the victim.
  • Remind the victim often they are safe.
  • Suggest therapudic activities or burn calming scented candles or incents.
Hotlines:

  • 800-422-4453
  • 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • thehotline.org