Child Sexual Abuse Warning Signs: The Perpetrator
There may be cause for concern about the behaviour of an adult or teenager if they engage in any the following behaviours:
• Refuse to allow a child their privacy or to make their own decisions • Excessively washing a child (e.g., multiple trips to the washroom) • Repeatedly using poor judgment with children (e.g., not dressing them in weather appropriate clothing when caring for them) • Ignoring physical, emotional, and social boundaries - making others feel uncomfortable • Forced physical affection such as tickling, kissing, hugging or wrestling • Commenting on the sexual development of a child or teenager (e.g., commenting on breast development) • Creating opportunities for uninterrupted time alone with a child • Spending a lot of time with children and have little interest in spending time with people their own age • Regularly offer to baby-sit children for free • Buy children expensive gifts or give them money for no reason • Frequently walk in on children/teenagers in the bathroom “accidentally” • Favouring a certain child, calling them “special” • Telling sexual jokes to a child or in the presence of a child • Taking pictures of children in underwear, bathing suits, etc., • Showing a child adult or animated pornography • Tickle a child and “accidentally” touch genitalia • Frequently inviting children to sit on their lap despite the child appearing resistant • Encouraging children to act sexually towards one another
Source: parentsprotect.co.uk; protectchildren.ca
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MANY PARENTS REPORT “SENSING” THAT SOMETHING WAS “OFF” AND REGRET NOT ACTING SOONER.
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