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Know the Signs of Child Sexual Abuse
Posted By Amy Goyer On June 13, 2012 @ 2:54 pm In Take Care | Comments Disabled
Sadly, child sexual abuse is in the news once again. In Pennsylvania, trial of former Penn State football coach , JerrySandusky, is underway. In New York, allegations of decades-old abuse at an elite private school have recently surfaced .
The headlines are reminding us how vulnerable kids can be. We teach them to trust and revere the adult leaders in their lives – family members, coaches, teachers, babysitters, clergy and other leaders in our community. But sometimes these trusted adults are the very people from whom we need to protect our children.
All adults members – including parents, grandparents ,aunts or uncles  – can be helpful in preventing and spotting the signs of sexual abuse in the children we love. Here are some key steps you can take and signs to look for. Keep in mind that family members should first consult with a child’s parents before taking any action.
Signs of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is usually uncovered when either a victim self-reports the abuse, someone witnesses the abuse or observes key behaviors that cause suspicion and investigation, or when a child contracts a sexually transmitted disease or becomes pregnant. Keep in mind that the signs of abuse may vary according to a child’s age. Look for:
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 trial of former Penn State football coach: http://http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/12/sports/ncaafootball/jerry-sandusky-child-sexual-abuse-trial-begins.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
 recently surfaced: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/12/nyregion/bronx-prosecutor-seeks-reports-of-past-abuse-at-horace-mann-school.html
 members – including parents, : http://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/
 grandparents: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/info-08-2011/grandfamilies-guide-getting-started.html
 aunts or uncles: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/family/info-04-2011/unique-role-of-aunts-uncles.html
 National Sex Offender Public Website: http://www.nsopw.gov/Core/Portal.aspx
 Stop It Now: http://www.stopitnow.org/adsearch/sex_offender_registry_faqs?_kk=sexual%20offenders%20list&_kt=174b3ab6-50e2-45ae-9c43-6f062b3ea94c&gclid=CMzjs-PXy7ACFaYaQgodvXpzXw
 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry : http://aacap.org/page.ww?name=Child+Sexual+Abuse§ion=Facts+for+Families
 American Academy of Pediatrics : http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Parent-Tips-for-Preventing-and-Identifying-Child-Sexual-Abuse.aspx
 American Humane Association: http://www.americanhumane.org/children/stop-child-abuse/fact-sheets/child-sexual-abuse.html
 Child Help and National Child Abuse Hotline: http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics?gclid=CM6twvDmy7ACFUu4tgode2KOWQ
 Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute: http://www.childmolestationprevention.org/index.html
 Stop It Now : http://www.stopitnow.org/
 Fact Sheet for Grandparents: http://www.stopitnow.org/grandparents_preventing_child_sexual_abuse
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