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November

This is Too Important To Not Read

In the month of November your students will be involved in discussions on Good Touch, Bad Touch and Private Touch. This can be a difficult topic for adults to talk to children about. However, with the National Center for Victims of Crime reporting that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse, it is unacceptable for us not to teach our students, and ourselves, on how to protect them. On top of sexual abuse, there are multiple other ways in which our students are being abused. Please take the time to view the information below to help you learn more about child abuse. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We are fighting for our kids!

Safety

According to kidshealth.org, nearly 1 million children are abused every year just in the United States alone. Most of the time, kids know their abusers and the abuse happens in the home. This makes it difficult for kids to speak up. They may feel trapped by the affection they feel for their abusers or fearful of the power the abusers have over them — so they stay .

Child abuse can take these forms:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • neglect and abandonment
  • emotional or psychological abuse

Kids who are abused are more likely to have problems building and maintaining relationships throughout their lives. They're also more likely to have low self-esteem, depression, thoughts of suicide and other mental health issues.

Warning Signs (According to mayoclinic.org)

Physical abuse signs and symptoms

  • Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, fractures or burns
  • Injuries that don't match the given explanation
  • Untreated medical or dental problems

Sexual abuse signs and symptoms

  • Sexual behavior or knowledge that's inappropriate for the child's age
  • Pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection
  • Blood in the child's underwear
  • Statements that he or she was sexually abused
  • Trouble walking or sitting or complaints of genital pain
  • Abuse of other children sexually

Emotional abuse signs and symptoms

  • Delayed or inappropriate emotional development
  • Loss of self-confidence or self-esteem
  • Social withdrawal or a loss of interest or enthusiasm
  • Depression
  • Headaches or stomachaches with no medical cause
  • Avoidance of certain situations, such as refusing to go to school or ride the bus
  • Desperately seeks affection
  • A decrease in school performance or loss of interest in school
  • Loss of previously acquired developmental skills

Neglect signs and symptoms

  • Poor growth or weight gain
  • Poor hygiene
  • Lack of clothing or supplies to meet physical needs
  • Taking food or money without permission
  • Eating a lot in one sitting or hiding food for later
  • Poor record of school attendance
  • Lack of appropriate attention for medical, dental or psychological problems or lack of necessary follow-up care
  • Emotional swings that are inappropriate or out of context to the situation
  • Indifference