Characteristics of the Child Abuse Survivor

  • Changes in behavior at school or at home. (withdrawal, inattentiveness, or other unusual behavior)
  • Sleep disturbances (insomnia, bed wetting, nightmares)
  • Unexplained and sudden fears
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive anger or reckless behavior
  • A new reluctance to spend time with certain people
  • A need for more reassurance than usual
  • Overwhelming knowledge of sexual behavior
  • Isolation from friends, limited participation in social activities
  • Depression
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Chronic running away
  • Increase in physical complaints (miscellaneous illnesses)
  • Inappropriate attention-getting behavior
  • Suicide attempts
  • Self inflicted physical abuse (self-mutilation)
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Problems in school (missing class, grades)
  • Prostitution


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