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The eradication of child abuse begins with building informed, empowered communities with the courage to talk openly about this difficult issue. Child abuse — particularly child sexual abuse — is a crime of secrecy. As high-profile cases capture media attention, social outrage continues to drive the conversation out of the shadows. Open conversation is the most effective tool we have to eradicate child abuse.

Signs of Child Abuse

Signs of child abuse can be subtle, and in many cases, nonexistent. Changes in your child’s routine or new unexplained behaviors are worth a second look.

What to look for:

Unexplained injuries
Changes in emotional behavior
Returning to less mature/younger behaviors
Fear of going home
Changes in eating
Changes to sleep patterns
Changes in school performance or attendance
Lack of personal care in hygiene
Risk-taking behaviors
Inappropriate sexual behaviors

Report suspected child abuse in Texas.

Statewide intake is available 24/7: 1-800-252-5400 or www.txabusehotline.org.