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Warning signs of sexual abuse

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- It's hard to imagine your child could be the victim of a sexual assault, but you should be knowledgeable about the signs.

Here are some behaviors that are seen frequently when a child is being sexually abused from stopitnow.org:

-- nightmares or other sleep problems that happen without explanation
-- seems distant
-- sudden change in eating habits
-- sudden mood swings -- rage, fear, insecurity or withdrawal
-- new or unusual fear of certain people or places
-- talks about or refuses to talk about a new older friend
-- leaves "clues" that seem to provoke discussion about sex
-- exhibits adult-like sexual behaviors, language and knowledge

If you believe your child may be the victim of sexual assault, call the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821. 

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