We’d like to believe that if a child is being hurt he or she would tell someone. Unfortunately may children do not tell and may even lie about their injuries from abuse for the following reasons:

  • The perpetrator is someone they love; a parent, step-parent or other relative.
  • They are ashamed and believe the abuse is their fault.
  • They do not trust adults.
  • They are afraid no one will believe them.
  • They are not aware that what they are experiencing is abuse.
  • They are afraid they will get in trouble.
  • They are afraid they will get someone they love in trouble.
  • They are afraid telling will cause the family to be broken up.
  • They are trying to protect their parents.
  • They were threatened not to tell.
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