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Child Abuse....continued

SIGNS

Children are warned against strangers, but the abusers are often the parents or close relatives, and even minor signs can be significant, such as changes in behaviour, nervousness, attention-seeking stealing or persistent traumas. Leaders can sometimes be alerted by seeing injuries that cannot be satisfactorily explained, and that have not received medical attention; times too when children are kept away from school or other events inappropriately, (they may be reluctant to take part in games); any allegations made of sexual abuse, and any who are sexually provocative with adults.

Signs can arouse suspicion, but they do not always confirm that abuse has taken place. One must never jump to conclusions. Unfortunately, these things can happen in Christian circles, and also by leaders. The choice of leaders in the first place is of vital importance.

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