Signs a child is being sexually abused

Sexual assault and misconduct is oftentimes a crime that goes undetected among children, because parents or adults do not know what signs to look for.

It's also hard to determine, because there are many factors that influence the way a child behaves, whether it be their health, hormones, or issues within his or her family.

Ultimately, one of the major reasons why it's so hard to find out about sexual assault and misconduct is because it's mostly kept secret by the perpetrators and those who are the victims.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), about 60 percent of assaults go unreported to police.

Jacqui Campman, who an emergency services counselor for the Rape Crisis Center in Myrtle Beach believes the painful secrets these people have been hiding need to be shared so they can be helped once and for all.

"We need to start opening up the lines of communication and talking about this issue more openly so that it's not a secret because perpetrators thrive off the secrecy of it," Campman said.

Campman has a few signs to look for kids who may have possibly been abused.

One of the most typical signs she says to look for is a change in the sleeping or eating patterns. If a child is sleeping more or less than normal or eating more or less than it may be one indicator that something is wrong.

Another sign may be if a child's behavior regresses.

"Children that are already potty trained that start wetting the bed or wetting themselves in their clothes not making it to the bathroom in time. Children prior to anything happening to them did not have a problem separating from parents all of a sudden are super, super clingy,"

The problems can also be seen in the classroom.

According to Erin Wheeler, a middle school science teacher at the Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success Charter School said she and her colleagues have been trained to spot the signs, although they haven't had to deal with a situation like that before.

"If their grades suddenly drop, if they seem depressed or if there is a big change in their demeanor and in their behavior and in their academic work," Wheeler said.

Also, Wheeler said another part of their training is to focus on keeping the lines of communication open, whether it be with the kids, the family of the children, other teachers at the school.

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