Please contact the Children’s Advocacy Center for more information or to schedule a program for your organization! Call (903) 957-0440.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse

This seminar teaches individuals who work with children on a daily basis, about the signs and symptoms of child abuse. Professionals will learn facts about child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, as well as many other important details including how to make a report. (1–1.5 hours)

Play It Safe!®

Developed by the professionals at The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, Play It Safe!®  is an evidence-informed child sexual abuse prevention program. The program is compliant with Jenna’s Law and Erin’s Law and is endorsed by Jenna Quinn and  Erin Merryn. The Play It Safe!® program is comprised of age-appropriate scripts and corresponding movies for each grade level, Pre-K through 6th grade, and topic specific scripts and movies for middle school and high-school. We are currently offering a total of 10 distinct programs. These age-specific programs allow us to address the child abuse epidemic in an age-appropriate manner, equipping children and teenagers to recognize, respond to, and report abuse.

Childhood education is critical to preventing child abuse. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Children need the tools to handle this terrifying reality if we ever hope to change it.  Play It Safe!®  gives children these tools. Studies demonstrate that children who experience Play It Safe!®programs have an increased understanding of abuse as well as an increased confidence in handling abusive situations. During the programs children identify potentially abusive situations, identify trusted individuals to turn to for help, and discuss concepts such as consent, assertiveness, and personal boundaries. Just as every child is taught safety rules about strangers, fires, inclement weather, and sharp objects, it is pivotal that we teach safety rules to prevent abuse. Only then can we make Grayson County a safer place for our children.

Interested in bringing Play It Safe® to the school you work at? Contact Abby Hill at or 903-957-0440 ext 207.

P.S. It’s My Body!

This is a practical safety series designed to teach and reinforce the three R’s of personal safety: Recognizing, Resisting, and Reporting. This program is lead by a trained facilitator and Happy Bear and is appropriate for children from Pre-K through the 2nd grade.



Signs and Symptoms

The following are signs commonly associated with abuse, but they are not absolutes. This list is not a checklist but a guide to help us identify abuse when it is present.

Frequent injuries that are unexplained and/or when the child or parent cannot adequately explain their causes such as: bruises, cuts, black eyes, fractures, burns

  • Burns or bruises in an unusual pattern that may indicate the use of an instrument
  • Lack of reaction to pain
  • Injuries that appear after the child has not been seen for several days
  • Evidence of delayed or inappropriate treatment for injuries
  • Injuries involve the face, backs of hands, buttocks, genital area, abdomen, back, or
  • sides of the body
  • Frequent complaints of pain without obvious injury
  • Complaints of soreness or uncomfortable when moving
  • Aggressive, disruptive and destructive or self-destructive behavior
  • Passive, withdrawn, emotionless behavior
  • Fear of going home or seeing caregivers


  • Obvious malnourishment or inadequate nutrition
  • Lack of personal cleanliness
  • Torn and/or dirty clothes
  • Need for glasses, dental care or other unattended medical attention
  • Consistent hunger, stealing or begging for food
  • Distended stomach, emaciated
  • Lack of supervision for long periods of time
  • Frequent absence or tardiness from school
  • Regularly displays fatigue or listlessness or falls asleep in class
  • Reports that no caretaker is at home
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Extreme loneliness and need for affection

Sexual Abuse

  • Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
  • Pain, swelling or itching in genital area
  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Excessive seductiveness, inappropriate sex play or premature understanding of sex
  • Role reversal, overly concerned for siblings
  • Significant weight change
  • Suicide attempts (especially adolescents)
  • Threatened by physical contact, closeness
  • Extreme fear of being alone with adults especially if of a particular gender
  • Sudden refusal to change for gym or to participate in physical activities
  • Sexual victimization of other children
  • Major change in normal mood or behavior

Emotional Abuse

  • Speech disorders
  • Delayed physical development
  • Substance abuse
  • Ulcers, asthma, severe allergies
  • Habit disorders (sucking, rocking, biting)
  • Antisocial, destructive behaviors
  • Delinquent behaviors (especially adolescents)
  • Developmentally delayed

Since its founding in 2004, the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center has provided prevention/community training to OVER 10,000 STUDENTS AND ADULTS and counseling services to over 1250 children.