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Domestic Violence: (209) 465-4878
Sexual Assault: (209) 465-4997
Youth/Human Trafficking: (209) 948-1911



Symptoms of Child Abuse

Did you know that children from violent homes often display a variety of behavioral characteristics as a result of living in an unpredictable environment? Many of these characteristics are similar to those exhibited by children who have been abused in other ways.

Recent studies show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys are sexually abused before they reach the age of 18 years, and that in homes where domestic violence is present, 50% of children living in those homes are abused physically and/or emotionally.

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Child Safety Tips

We teach children about fire safety, water safety, and how to cross the street. We can and should take advantage of these natural teaching moments to introduce personal safety tips in these general discussions.

Teach your children early, as early as age two, as even young children can understand the concepts related to sexual abuse. Children provided with accurate information at an early age can learn to avoid or stop sexual abuse. An unprepared child may be too confused or ashamed even to admit an assault has taken place.

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