Jump to navigation. Any one sign doesn't mean that a child was sexually abused, but the presence of several suggests that you begin asking questions and consider seeking help. Keep in mind that some of these signs can emerge at other times of stress such as:. Physical signs of sexual abuse are rare. If you see these signs, bring your child to a doctor.
Back to Healthy body. Here are the signs to be aware of and what to do if you suspect a child is being sexually abused. A child who is being sexually abused may care for their abuser and worry about getting them into trouble. You can talk directly to the police or your local children's social services and this can be anonymous. You can also get advice or report your concerns anonymously to the NSPCC by phoning its free helpline on
What to look for in adults and children. Child sexual abuse includes touching and non-touching activity. Some examples of touching activity include:. Our young people's project needs your views on parenting in an online world.
There is also red flag behaviors you can identify if you know what to look for to help intervene in the grooming process. Direct physical signs of sexual abuse are not common. However, when physical signs are present, they may include bruising, bleeding, redness and bumps, or scabs around the mouth, genital, or anus. Urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, and abnormal vaginal or penile discharge are also warning signs.