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Be Aware of the Warning Signs of Abuse in Minors

Posted on September 01, 2023 in: Office for Safe Environments

Be Aware of the Warning Signs of Abuse in Minors

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our minors is paramount in our mission as a faith community. We are committed to creating a safe environment where children and youth can grow spiritually and flourish in their faith. To further this endeavor, it is crucial for all of us to be vigilant and informed about potential signs of abuse in minors, as well as the warning signs associated with individuals who may pose a threat to their safety. By recognizing these indicators, we can take proactive steps to protect our children and maintain the sanctity of our community. Below, we outline the warning signs to watch for in both minors and potential perpetrators. Your dedication to the safety of our youth is greatly appreciated, and together, we can continue to provide a secure and nurturing environment for all.

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Watch for These Warning Signs of Abuse in Minors

  • No longer wants to see a particular person they had been close to

  • Changes in personality

  • No longer interested in activities they used to enjoy

  • Tries to hide use of technology

  • Declining academic performance

  • Demonstrates aggressive behavior or constantly angry

  • Withdraws from family or friends

… and These Warning Signs of Perpetrators

  • Commits physical and emotional boundary violations

  • Keeps secrets with minors

  • Allows or encourages minors to break laws or rules

  • Gives lavish gifts to minors

  • Tries to get minors alone

  • Is overly interested in spending time with minors

  • Does not believe the rules apply to them (or, does not follow rules or protocols)

  • Takes photos without approval, or asks minors to send them photos

  • Has inappropriate or suggestive conversations with minors

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