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If you know a child is suffering physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or neglect, you are required by law to report the abuse to your Community Social Service Worker or the RCMP.
Signs of sexual abuse in children:
- Difficulty walking or sitting
- Inappropriate interest in sexual acts for his or her age or seductive behavior
- Avoids an individual without an obvious reason
- Avoids changing clothes in front of others,
- Has a sexually transmitted infection or pregnancy, especially under the age of 14
- Runs away from home
It’s important to identify if a child is being abused as soon as possible. The earlier they get help, the better chance the child has to heal from their abuse and go on to live a healthy life.
If you are a child or teen – it is wrong for someone to touch you, hurt you, or do things that make you feel uncomfortable. If someone is treating you in a way that feels wrong, call your Community Social Service Worker or the RCMP. You can also tell a teacher, relative, nurse, or any other adult you can trust.