Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)
Statistics Show Alarming Trend; Court Weighed Down by Child Abuse Cases
Byline: Roderick Makim
Warning signs of child abuse
Showing wariness and distrust of adults
Rocking, sucking or biting excessively
Bedwetting or soiling,
demanding or aggressive behaviour
Sleeping difficulties, often being tired and falling asleep
Difficulty relating to adults and peers
Abusing alcohol or drugs
Being unable to explain an injury
Injury explanations that are inconsistent, vague or unbelievable
Feeling suicidal or attempting suicide
Having difficulty concentrating
Being withdrawn or overly obedient
Being reluctant to go home
Creating stories, poems or artwork about abuse
THE FRASER Coast's family friendly reputation has taken a battering from the court list in Maryborough.
Sixty per cent of the charges before the current sitting of the Maryborough District Court relate to crimes against children.
Indecent treatment. Child pornography. Rape.
Forty nine out of the 83 charges before the court involve these terrible allegations. …