Abuse and neglect can have emotional, mental and physical effects long into a child’s future. Signs like bruises, scrapes, cuts and broken bones are common with physical abuse, while emotional abuse typically results in a change of the child’s actions and behaviors. Learn more about ways to identify and report child abuse and neglect in Stark County.
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Neglect can be anything from leaving a child home alone to a lack of food and medical care. Children who have been neglected may show the following signs:
Typically, there aren’t any physical signs of emotional abuse, but you may notice changes in a child’s actions or behaviors. The following are common signs of a child who has been emotionally abused:
Because accidents can happen to any child, there are no certain signs of physical abuse. However, if a child often has injuries and you start to notice a pattern, it is a good idea to report the situation. Common symptoms of physical abuse might include:
Any time a child is persuaded to take part in sexual activities, it is considered abuse. It can be physical contact, sexually suggestive language and can even happen online. The following behaviors are common signs to look out for: