Where to Look for Warning Signs - 1:1 Adult Interactions


Specific clues in 1:1 adult-child meetings may reveal Warning Signs of childhood sexual abuse. Since sexual abuse happens privately, 1:1 meetings with even safe people simulates the abusive environment, creating extreme stress for the abused child.

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Child afraid to be alone with any adult, or one gender of adult
Child mumbles or makes little eye contact for their cultural norm
Child makes sexually provocative statements or actions with adult
Child afraid to speak and risk revealing the secret of abuse

Cannot admit to any negative emotions

Asks to bring peer to meeting, seemingly for protection