When on the look-out for signs of child abuse, it’s common to look at the individuals when they are, well, children. But what about looking for signs of past abuse in adults? It isn’t unheard of for abuse to go unrecorded, only for symptoms and behaviors to manifest in adulthood.
There is one sign, however, that should set off an alarm that someone was a victim of child abuse.
But first, what constitutes as abuse
Child abuse takes on many forms, according to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children. There is obvious physical or sexual abuse, and also neglect. The ASPCC categorizes these different kinds of abuse and neglect as “physical abuse, emotional maltreatment, neglect, sexual abuse and witnessing family violence.”