What are the signs that a parent is sexually abusing his or her child?

Signs that a parent is sexually abusing his or her child include the following:

parent fails to supervise the child
unstable adult presence
jealous/possessive parent
parent's sexual relationships troubled or dysfunctional
parent relies on the child for emotional support

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Child Abuse

In most cases of child abuse, the abuser is someone the child knows; parent, relative, or family friend. Abuse can be emotional, neglect, sexual, or physical abuse. All types of abuse can cause permanent mental or emotional damage ...

to the child as they age. Many will turn to alcohol or drug use, and some may become withdrawn and depressed.

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