You are stronger than what you think!
The first step in supporting a child who has been abused, is even identifying that this may be happening. We know that anyone who is being abused, quite often finds it difficult, if not impossible to speak up about it. This is because their attacker uses power, fear, trust and guilt to convince these children not to speak out.
So what can we do to ensure we have our radar on to identify potential abuse of our own child and/or one we may have contact with.
The symptoms I am describing below does not mean that a child is being abused, it is an indicator only that something may not be quite right. There are people you can speak too who can help you decide if you should pursue this or not.
There are different types of abuse and therefore potentially different symptoms which may be presenting, however common symptoms could include:
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual behaviour when around certain people
These symptoms could be a medical condition, drugs, puberty changes and/or abuse. If you are concerned talk to someone and seek advice. If it is your child seek medical and professional support if required.
The important point is to understand what is happening with the child and if you discover they are being abused, remind them they have done nothing wrong, and there are people out there who will support and protect them.
I don’t have all the answers and I am not a trained professional, but there are techniques and tools that people have used which help and for the rest of the week we will talk about those non medical support tools which may help.
If you have any questions or are concerned about your child, or another child please contact the relevant professionals, this website is a good point of reference Child Abuse, Support Services.