If you're a child who has been sexually abused, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-4-A-CHILD(800-422-4453) for help or visit www.childhelpusa.org.
If you're a parent, grandparent or guardian, the following signs may indicate your child has been molested, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Some of these behaviors may have other explanations, but it is important to assist your child no matter what the cause. Also, keep in mind that children do not always demonstrate obvious signs, but may do or say something that hints at the molestation.
Changes in behavior, extreme mood swings, withdrawal, fearfulness and excessive crying
Bed-wetting, nightmares, fear of going to bed or other sleep disturbances
Acting out with inappropriate sexual activity or showing an unusual interest in sexual matters
A sudden acting out of feelings or aggressive or rebellious behavior
Regression to infantile behavior; clinging
School or behavioral problems
Changes in toilet-training habits
A fear of certain places, people or activities
Bruises, rashes, cuts, limping; multiple or poorly explained injuries
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Polly Klaas Foundation
The Jessica Marie Lunsford Foundation
Printed from Oprah.com on Sunday, December 22, 2013