Where to Look for Warning Signs - Crises + Causes

There are clues in the behavior of kids during times of crisis (especially those involving the sexual abuse of others), which may reveal Warning Signs of childhood sexual abuse. Also, events involving related causes, such as missing children or child abuse prevention, may trigger similar behaviors.

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Appears hyper-alert and anxious, heightened attention that doesn’t subside--like a “deer in the headlights”
Appears obsessively driven to help victims, over-identifies with them to detriment of self
Displays harshly blaming attitude toward victims
Goes out of their way to avoid dealing with event so that no one suspects their problem

Shows no empathy for victims