Secrets about touching are secrets that need to be reportedTeach children that it doesn’t matter who the person is, a family member, a friend, a coach, a trusted adult, etc., if someone asks you not to talk about being touched, you absolutely must tell a trusted adult.
Signs to Look Out For
- Sudden changes in behaviour, performance, and concentration
- Unexplained injuries or injuries that don’t match the child’s reasoning for the injuries
- Wearing inappropriate clothing to hide injuries (ie. long sleeves or pants in hot weather, etc.)
- Extreme behaviours like aggression, avoidance or withdrawal, substance use, self-harming
- Sexual knowledge or behaviour beyond a child’s stage of development
- Children who avoid or appear upset about going home, or who run away from home
- Children who suddenly no longer want to attend a family member’s home, a friend’s home, a recreational/sporting activity, etc.