It is not always easy to tell if child sexual abuse is happening especially if the possible abuser is another child. Remember, you are not on your own; you only need to decide that it would be helpful to have someone else look at what is going on.
Do you know someone who:
- Takes younger children to secret places? (e.g. forts, hideouts,woods, etc.)
- Plays “secret” games with younger children? (e.g. doctor, “pants down” games, etc.)
- Plays games with a child that the adolescent would otherwise avoid or hate? (e.g. adolescents playing “house” with a child of five?)
- Experience sudden wide range changes in moods or habits? (e.g. refuses to leave his or her room or expresses anger in unexpected outbursts)
- Insists on hugging or kissing a child when the child does not want to be hugged or kissed?
- Tells you he or she does not want to be left alone with a child?
- Becomes anxious when he or she is told about a particular person coming to visit?
- Focuses intense attention on or is overly interested in the physical maturing of children? (e.g. comments on or is overly interested in the developing bodies of others)
- Uses frequent sexualized language in commonplace settings? (e.g. “I’ll stick my xxx in your mouth if you don’t…”)
- Shows sexual materials to your children?
- Makes obscene phone calls?
- Shares alcohol or other drugs with younger children or teens?
- Exposes his or her genitals to younger children?
- Forces sex on another adolescent or child?
If you answered yes to either of the last two questions, you need to get professional help for the adolescent or the child. For a list of professionals in your area (Georgia) call 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373)
A program of Prevent Child Abuse