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The Silent Problem

Children become silentlambs when they do not tell anyone about sexual abuse because they:

Silence enables sexual abuse to continue. Silence protects sexual offenders and hurts children who are being abused. Sexual abuse is an extremely difficult and damaging experience. Today, there are many resources to help victims and their families. Children no longer need to suffer as silentlambs.

Signs of Sexual Abuse

Because most children cannot or do not tell about being sexually abused, it is up to concerned adults to recognize signs of abuse. Physical evidence of abuse is rare. Therefore, we must look for behavior signs. Unfortunately, there is no one behavior alone that definitely determines a child has been sexually abused.

The following are general behavior changes that may occur in children who have been sexually abused:

Specific Symptoms

Children who have been sexually abused frequently have specific symptoms: