April 12, Reviewed by: March 03, How can I recognize sexual abuse if it happened to my three-and-a-half-year-old daughter? About a month ago she told me a friend of ours touched her vagina. Since that time she has said nothing else and on gentle questioning she said it did not happen. There are no behavioral changes and her behavior towards the man in question has not changed at all. I have no idea why she said this and my feeling is that it is completely innocent.
They are not self-conscious. They often lack modesty and want to be comfortable. They will undress and run around nude in front of others. They are curious about the world, about how things work, and about how things are similar and different from each other. They are curious about physical differences between boys and girls and between children and adults.
Every day, kids like Evie are sexually abused by other children. It happens at home, school, and summer camp, in locker rooms, buses, and basements. Nationally, older and more powerful youngsters are perpetrators in 40 percent of child sexual abuse cases.