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Staying Safe: Recognizing the Signs of Physical and Sexual Abuse

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What is abuse?
  • Physical abuse happens when someone hurts you on purpose in ways that cause injury or pain.
  • Sexual abuse is when someone touches you in ways or places that make you feel uncomfortable.
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Who are abusers?
  • You can be abused by a stranger or by someone you know.
  • This can sometimes make it hard to tell whether you are being abused.
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If you have a developmental disability, you are at special risk.
  • You may depend on others to help with your personal physical needs-like bathing and dressing.
  • You may have trouble:
    • Understanding what is happening right away, or
    • Making others understand that you have been abused.
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It may be hard for you to tell when someone else is being abused.
  • They may be afraid to tell you.
  • They may not know what words to use to tell you what has happened.
  • By watching out for the signs of abuse, you can help yourself and others who may be abused, even if you are not sure abuse has happened.
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Here are some reasons to believe that someone is being abused:
  • A person who is being abused may:
    • Act upset for a long time
    • Change their behavior or mood
    • Seem frightened of people or places
    • Become violent
    • Not want to talk to anyone
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Here are some signs of physical abuse:
  • Reasons to believe that someone is being physically abused include:
    • Unexplained burns, bites, or broken bones
    • A person harming himself, or herself
    • Aggressive behavior
    • Problems at school or work
    • Depression
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Here are some signs of sexual abuse:
  • Reasons to believe that someone is being sexually abused include:
    • Bruises around breasts or genital areas
    • Unexplained sexual infections
    • Torn, stained, or bloody clothing
    • Nightmares and bed wetting
    • Fear of sexuality
    • Self-injury
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There are things you can do to be safe.
  • If you have a good reason to believe that you, or someone you know, is being abused, tell someone you trust!
  • You can tell anyone who you think will help you:
    • A family member or friend
    • A direct support professional
    • Your service coordinator
    • The police
    • A doctor or nurse
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