Red Flags of Sexual Abuse in Children Parents Should Know

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Playing Drs. Rx: Red Flags for Parents of Athletes – What to Look Out For

After speaking with former gymnasts Jamie Dantzscher and Sarah Klein about the trauma and abuse they endured and survived at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar, The Doctors share some red flags parents should be aware of that may be signs sexual abuse is occurring with their child.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho explains if parents see the following occurring in their child or teen that it could be a sign abuse is taking place: 

Watch: New Details in the USA Gymnastics Sex Abuse Scandal

  • Sexual knowledge that far exceeds the child's age
  • Sexual behavior that is not developmentally appropriate for their age
  • Regression or the loss of developmental behaviors they have already acquired, for instance, if a child begins bedwetting again after being potty trained
  • Sudden extreme attachment from the child
  • Numerous, intense or reoccurring nightmares
  • Displaying a great deal of anxiety
  • Depression

Watch: Larry Nassar’s Sexual Assault Survivors Speak Out

"If all of these are happening at the same time, then I think it's time to investigate further and see what may be happening," Dr. Judy notes. Sexual abuse resources can be found at:

National Center for Victims of Crime
RAINN
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
Prevent Child Abuse America
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