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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Irving Police Issues Warning Signs of Child Abuse

In a bid to raise awareness and combat the harrowing reality of child abuse, the Irving Police Department has released crucial information to help identify potential cases. With millions of children worldwide affected by various forms of abuse, recognizing the signs is imperative for safeguarding their well-being.

Child abuse can manifest in several forms, including physical, emotional, sexual abuse, and neglect. According to authorities, children undergoing such trauma may experience feelings of guilt, shame, or confusion, often leading them to keep the abuse hidden, particularly if the perpetrator is a trusted figure such as a parent, relative, or family friend.

To assist in identifying potential cases of abuse, the Irving Police Department outlined several red flags for adults to be vigilant of:

  • Sudden withdrawal from friends or activities.
  • Changes in behavior such as increased aggression, anger, depression, or anxiety.
  • Unexpected shifts in appetite.
  • Decreased self-confidence or a sudden inclination towards passivity and withdrawal.
  • Frequent absences from school or attempts to run away from home.
  • Displays of rebellious or defiant behavior.
  • Instances of self-harm or suicide attempts.
  • Demonstrating sexual behavior or possessing knowledge beyond their age.
  • Resistance or reluctance to return home after school or activities.
  • Expressing fear towards parents or adults in general.
  • Avoidance of specific individuals.

Recognizing these signs and promptly intervening in suspected cases of child abuse is crucial for protecting vulnerable children and ensuring their safety and well-being.

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