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Sexual Abuse in Wichita, Kansas

It is difficult to talk about the subject of sexual abuse, but it happens to children and infants every day. In our local Wichita, Kansas community, more than 850 children are interviewed about concerns of sexual abuse each year (according to the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County). Sexual abuse in Wichita, Kansas can interfere with a child’s normal, healthy development both physically and emotionally. 

Sexual abuse is defined as any contact or interaction with a child in which the child is being used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator, the child or another person. Sexual abuse also includes allowing, permitting or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution or to be photographed, filmed or depicted in obscene or pornographic material. 

If you learn of the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child in Wichita, Kansas, it should be reported immediately. There are both physical and behavioral indicators of sexual abuse, including: 

Common Physical Indicators

  • Sexually transmitted disease or infection
  • Pregnancy, especially in early adolescents
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
  • Difficulty or pain in walking/sitting
  • Foreign matter in the bladder, rectum, urethra or vagina
  • Painful discharge of urine and/or repeated urinary infections
  • Bruising, trauma and lesions inside or around the mouth

Common Behavioral Indicators

  • Verbally reporting abuse
  • Reporting nightmares or bedwetting
  • Refusal to participate in physical activities
  • Sudden change in appetite
  • Strange, sophisticated or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior
  • Expressing fear of a particular person or place
  • Excessive masturbation, precocious sex play, excessive curiosity about sex
  • Sexually abusing another child
  • Delinquency, runaway or truancy
  • Self-injurious behaviors, suicide attempts
  • Extreme fear of being touched
  • Poor peer relationships

Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or caregiver:

  • Is excessively protective or limits the child’s contact with other children
  • Is secretive and isolated
  • Is jealous or controlling
  • Encourages the child to engage in prostitution or sexual acts

If you notice signs of sexual abuse in the Wichita, Kansas community or surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to call 911 immediately.

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