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Signs of sexual abuse in a child - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
User :   good day to you doctor
Doctor :   Likewise, please continue with your query
User :   sorry im looking for the right words to use in my question
User :   well 1st are you a child psychiatrists?
Doctor :   I am a General Physician but I believe I can help you with your query if not I refer you to right specialist to get an answer
User :   ok
User :   if a child has been sexually abused what are the signs? (boy)
Doctor :   Usually the behaviour of the child changes
Doctor :   He becomes aggressive towards the family members, friends and pets
Doctor :   Complains of night mares, screams
Doctor :   At times fear, complains of frequent urination and bowel movements
Doctor :   He does not want to sleep because of fear of repetition of sexual abuse
Doctor :   In a boy, usually there can be abrasions on the forearm, abdomen, anal area
Doctor :   These can be physical signs but not very prominent
User :   what if there are 2 children on was 3 years old & the other was 7 that time and because they saw the parent got very angry to that person one child also claimed that he was also abuse. what can the parent do to confirm which child was the real victim and if someone is pretending
Doctor :   The victim shows the above behaviour
Doctor :   Parent should look for behavioural change
Doctor :   rather than physical changes
Doctor :   If the parent doubts then they should take the help of expert like child specialist for examination
User :   for a abused child like for example after a few years if someone mentioned the abuser what should be the reaction of the abused child?
Doctor :   Do you mean after few years of abuse, the child was mentioned about that past episode
User :   and can an abused child mention his abuser in a conversation after years of not talking about it
User :   no just the persons name
Doctor :   Usually that child would not do it because of the shame and guilt
Doctor :   He feels bad about the incident
User :   yes thats what I thought so too
Doctor :   The child would have grown up
Doctor :   and knows the society, relationship, the stigma about abuse
Doctor :   hence would not
User :   then if the person that abused the child was mention what are the typical reactions should they do
Doctor :   He tries to totally evade the topic
Doctor :   Do you mean the abuser and the victim interact?
User :   no
User :   for example in a group talking
Doctor :   Do you mean if a third person mentioning the name of the abuser to the victim
User :   one of the person there who doesnt know about the past situation mentioned the name
User :   what should the abused child show
Doctor :   It depends on the person who mentions the name
Doctor :   If this person is close to this child
Doctor :   then he tries to explain what had happened in the past
Doctor :   if the child has good relations with this person
Doctor :   he tries to share all his feeling
User :   no like the topic is not about what happened. completely a different one but the person tallking relate the story to the abuser unintentionally
User :   the child only heard the name
Doctor :   Then the child may try to escape without listening to the name of the abuser
Doctor :   He does not want to stay in the room
User :   yes true
Doctor :   even if it is a different topic
Doctor :   not related to the previous incident
User :   but what if in a conversation different topic the child who claims that he was also abused was the one who mentioned the name of the abuser
User :   is this typical for an abused child?
Doctor :   No they usually would not mention the name of the abuser
User :   yes
User :   how can a parent ask the child if it relly happened?
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