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Warning Signs

  • Wearing long sleeves/long pants regardless of the season. 

  • Refusal to wear sleeveless or short sleeves tops, shorts, bathing suits.

  • Refusal to go swimming.

  • Avoiding exposure to certain body parts or demanding excessive privacy. 

  • Wearing wrist warmers or wrist bands to cover the wrist.

  • Wearing gloves that have fingers cut off, or wearing socks on hand with holes for fingers, thus covering the entire hand, wrist, and forearm

  • Wearing inches of bracelets that cover wrists and refusal to remove them.

  • Putting "thumb-holes" in sweatshirts, so hands and arms remain covered.

  • Carrying around or hiding knives, scissors, razors, box cutters, shards of glass, safety pins, tacks, or needles in the bedroom, backpack, clothing, or shoes. 

  • Frequent accidents.

  • Cuts that are parallel in a shape.

  • Finding blood on towels, bedsheets, and used tissues in trash cans.

  • Wearing a razor blade around the neck like a necklace.

  • Frequent bruises, scratches, cuts, burns, broken bones, or bandages followed by flimsy excuses like: "A cat scratched me," "I was climbing a fence,"  "I was making jello," or "I fell off a mountain."

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