Yes, believe it. It does happen. Please don't be the type to think "it can't happen here." In 2010, over 756 cases of child sexual abuse and/or severe child physical abuse were reported in one County alone to one organization, "Children's Safe Harbor." Research confirmed that very few of the incidents reported were false.
WARNING SIGNS OF POSSIBLE CHILD ABUSE:
Burns or fractures
Mess, neglected appearance
Loss of appetite; malnourishment
Urinary tract infections
Sexually transmitted diseases
Sudden behavior changes
Unexplained anger and rebellion
Withdrawal, clinging, anxiety and depression
Fear of a certain person or place
Discomfort with physical contact
Sexually acting out behaviors
BE AWARE, some children show NO signs. If you do suspect abuse, PLEASE report it to your local Law Enforcement Agency by calling 911 or call your statewide hot line for the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Please take this seriously. You could save a child's life. You could save a child from growing up with so much pain and anguish that it paralyzes their ability to function in the "real" world.
Thank you. There are links to organizations to find help on this blog. Scroll down and look on the right side of the blog.