Recognizing the Symptoms
P.A.X.A. strongly supports an organization called Stop It Now, which prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.While the organization is prevention focused, they have a section of their website dedicated to warning signs of possible sexual abuse as it relates to a child’s behavior. Most importantly, they break down signs by age group, which is helpful to parents.
Stop it Now Tip Sheet: Warning Signs of Possible Sexual Abuse In A Child's Behaviors: http://www.stopitnow.org/ohc-content/tip-sheet-7
P.A.X.A supports and promotes an organization called The Mama Bear Effect, which empowers adults to actively protect children from sexual abuse by raising awareness and promoting conversation and behaviors that can prevent abuse. Their website has a section called “Reading Between the Lines” that outlines symptoms of sexual abuse in children.
Reading Between the Lines: http://www.themamabeareffect.org/signs--symptoms-of-abuse-in-children.html
P.A.X.A uses RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, as a data-resource for the sexual abuse of children. The following link covers warning signs for children and warning signs that an adult may be hurting a child.
Warning Signs for Young Children: https://www.rainn.org/articles/warning-signs-young-children
The Challenge Starts Here... Talk.
P.A.X.A. supports and promotes an organization called Darkness to Light, which is a non-profit that empowers adults to prevent child sexual abuse. D2L is known for their Stewards of Children Program® which is an evidence-informed child sexual abuse prevention, recognition and intervention training program based on their 5 Steps to Protecting Our ChildrenTM guide.
The following two links will help parents talk to their children about sexual abuse and react responsibly if they receive troubling feedback.
Talk about it: https://www.d2l.org/education/5-steps/step-3/
React Responsibly: https://www.d2l.org/education/5-steps/step-5/
P.A.X.A uses RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, as a data-resource for the sexual abuse of children. The following link from the RAINN website provides guidance “If You Suspect A Child Is Being Harmed” by (1) helping adults recognize the signs of sexual abuse (2) talking to the child and (3) reporting sexual abuse to the authorities.
If You Suspect A Child Is Being Harmed: https://rainn.org/articles/if-you-suspect-child-being-harmed