Moving Beyond Abuse

Redeeming Our Treasures

If you have experienced abuse in any form it has impacted your life. Most of us tend to minimize the damage, take on the abuser’s guilt, and hide from the pain. When we face the reality that we have been mistreated we can begin to heal. We can overcome harmful coping mechanisms such as denial,…

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What Should a Parent Do

Redeeming Our Treasures

What to Do if You Suspect Your Child Is Being Sexually Abused Don’t overreact. It is up to you as the parent or caregiver to stay calm and seek help. Trauma treated within 48 hours of occurring is most successful at managing long-term effects. Remember that the child is already upset and afraid so you need to…

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Recognition of Abuse That May Be Occurring to Children

Redeeming Our Treasures

Identifying Sexually Abused Children Based on Age-Related Symptoms Please note that the following are symptoms but can’t be used in the absence of other evidence to verify that sexual abuse is occurring. These symptoms should alert a caregiver to investigate the cause of the symptoms. Children up to the age of 3 may exhibit: Unexplained…

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Defining Types of Abuse

Redeeming Our Treasures

Physical Abuse This is any kind of physical harm, from hitting, squeezing, pushing, and kicking to seriously injuring or even killing. Emotional Abuse/Neglect This occurs when one person uses words, combined with withdrawal or humiliation, to threaten, intimidate, or diminish another. It may overlap with neglect by denial of nurturing—refusing to acknowledge, show appreciation for,…

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