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The Diocese of Nashville provides this as
a learning tool for staff, volunteers and others to learn about child abuse
and neglect and our duty to report.
Our goal is to provide a safe and
protective environment by learning the signs of abuse and neglect; learning
how to respond and what your duties are according to state law and diocesan
Sexual abuse includes non-touching
Sexual abuse includes touching offenses.
Sexual abuse includes exploitation.
You may become aware of the abuse by
observing certain physical indicators.
There are also behaviors that may
indicate a child’s exposure to sexual abuse.
The parent/caregiver may show
Another type of abuse is physical abuse.
We know that children are bruised during
normal activities. These bruises, when
consistent with the story, would not be reported.
Other bruises are not consistent with
normal childhood activity. Please consider the cause of the bruise and consult
your supervisor about the need t report.
Bruises may be consistent with pinching
and often appear on the outside of the body.