Statistics Show Alarming Trend; Court Weighed Down by Child Abuse Cases

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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

Low self-esteem

Difficulty relating to adults and peers

Abusing alcohol or drugs

Being a[approximately]accident-prone'

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Being withdrawn or overly obedient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. …


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