Child Abuse is Wrong: What Can I Do?

Signs of abuse

Do you think that a child you know is being abused? Some signs to watch for include:

  • unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, scars, sprains or broken bones;
  • frequent "accidents" with questionable explanations;
  • major changes in behaviour;
  • exposure to family violence;
  • running away from home and not wanting to return;
  • repeatedly sick;
  • sudden weight loss or weight gain;
  • increased social problems at school; and
  • unusual knowledge of sexual behaviour for the child's age.

These things can have other causes, but they may be signs of child abuse. If you have reason to believe that a child is being abused, you have a duty to report it.

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