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.
- 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.
- 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.
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