Children respond to abuse in various ways, influenced by factors like their age, the severity of the abuse, support from others, and their relationship with the offender.

It's important to note that the presence of one or several of these signs doesn't necessarily indicate abuse:

  • Heightened fear or anxiety
  • More tearfulness, clinginess, or crying
  • Changes in sleeping patterns, like nightmares or bedwetting
  • Differences in appetite
  • Withdrawal from usual activities or friends
  • Changes in school performance or attention span
  • Physical symptoms like stomachaches or nausea
  • Increased aggressiveness
  • Use of sexual language or behaviors not typical for their age


If you're concerned your child may be a victim

don't hesitate to reach out. You can contact the DCFS hotline, law enforcement, or call our Center at (815) 319-4150 to discuss your worries.

If you're struggling with conflicting loyalties between your child and the offender, seek support from a professional like a therapist, counselor, or minister to help you navigate your emotions. Remember, your child's well-being is the top priority.