Child abuse crosses all social, ethnic and socio-economic boundaries.
Last year, there were 65,948 confirmed victims of child abuse in Texas; 688 of those cases were in Fort
Bend County. For more information on the signs and symptoms of abuse, see the lists below.

Physical AbuseNeglect
Signs and SymptonsSigns and Symptoms
  • Unexplained bruises, welts, black eyes, bumps
  • Bite marks, swollen or tender limbs
  • Reluctance to change clothes for PE or wearing
  • Clothes inappropriate for the weather
  • Fear of adults
  • Dirty or unbathed                               
  • Unsuitable clothing for weather
  • Extreme hunger
  • Lack of apparent supervision
  • Medical needs uncared for

Sexual Abuse
Signs and Symptoms 
Behavoral SignsPhysical Signs
  • Inappropriate interest in or knowledge of sexual acts including promiscuity
  • Age inappropriate sexual acting out
  • Drastic change in appetite or behaviors
  • Overcompliance or excessive aggression
  • Regression in behaviors or self-injurious behaviors
  • Academic problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Running away
  • Repeated urinary tract infections
  • Irritation, pain or injury to genital area
  • Difficulty with urination
  • STD in a young child
  • Bedwetting

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