Children are warned against strangers, but the abusers are
often the parents or close relatives, and even minor signs can be significant,
such as changes in behaviour, nervousness, attention-seeking stealing or
persistent traumas. Leaders can sometimes be alerted by seeing injuries that
cannot be satisfactorily explained, and that have not received medical
attention; times too when children are kept away from school or other events
inappropriately, (they may be reluctant to take part in games); any allegations
made of sexual abuse, and any who are sexually provocative with adults.
Signs can arouse suspicion, but they do not always confirm
that abuse has taken place. One must never jump to conclusions. Unfortunately,
these things can happen in Christian circles, and also by leaders. The choice
of leaders in the first place is of vital importance.
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