Stop Child Abuse

Don't let your student be a victim of child abuse

Step by Step process for what to do after a teacher has identified child abuse signs or symptoms.

• A child who's being abused may feel guilty, ashamed or confused. He or she may be afraid to tell anyone about the abuse, especially if the abuser is a parent, other relative or family friend. In fact, the child may have an apparent fear of parents, adult caregivers or family friends.

4 statistics about how common child abuse is.

• More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.

•1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18.

•14 percent of all men and 36 percent of all women in prison were abused as children.

• While abused by strangers does happen, most abusers are family members or others close to the family.

List of signs and symptoms to look for.

•Physical abuse, injuries over a period of time or at various stages of healing (cuts, bruises, burn marks, abrasions, fractures) which cannot be explained.

•Neglect, the child does not grow and/or loses weight, is pale and emaciated, is constantly vomiting and/or has constant diarrhea or does not reach developmental milestones within normal age-range.

•Sexual Abuse, pain or unusual itching of genitals or anal area, sexually transmitted diseases, difficulty in sitting or walking, regular urinary infection or continual irritation and/or mouth sores (owing to forced oral sex)

•Emotional abuse, continual complaints of headaches, nausea, and/or stomach pain for which there is no physical cause.