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Sunday, 14 April 2013 14:27

Warning Signs of Abuse

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Sports administrators, coaches, volunteers and parents should be aware of the behavioral changes that potentially indicate that a participant is involved in an abusive situation.

These are some examples of physical and behavioral indicators that may signify possible abuse:

  • Any physical signs of abuse, such as a repeated pattern of injury or where the

explanations of the accidents do not fit the injury

  • Changes in behavior, extreme mood swings, withdrawal, fearfulness and excessive crying
  • High levels of anxiety
  • Distorted body image, including or resulting in eating disorders, self-mutilation or other related behaviors
  • Low self-esteem
  • Overly aggressive behavior
  • Unwillingness to participate in sports or school difficulties
  • Repression
  • Poor peer relationships, isolation
  • Fear of certain places, people or activities. or reluctance to be left alone with a particular person
  • Nightmares or night terrors
  • Graphic or age-inappropriate knowledge of sex or sexual behavior
  • Suicidal attempts or gestures
  • Obsessive behaviors
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Problems with authority or rules

If you suspect abuse in a given situation, it is recommended that you contact the local authorities in charge of child abuse cases to inform them of your suspicion and the possible  indicators you have observed.
Most child-protective agencies or child welfare services only address inter-familial abuse cases. Other forms of abuse are usually handled by the police.

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