Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- While every parent hopes their child never faces the dangers of a sexual preditor, the truth is each day families across the country are hit with the horrendous news.

So, in light of the Anne Street Wal-Mart incident where a man is alleged to have attacked a young boy in the store's bathroom, what signs should you notice and what can you do to prevent this from happening to your child?

There is a wealth of information online so has pulled together many of the best tips.

Remember, if you suspect your child is being abused, contact authorities IMMEDIATELY.

Alabama Attorney General's Office: Signs of Sexual Abuse

Physical Indicators-

  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Pain, swelling, or itching in the genital area
  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Bruises or bleeding in the genital area
  • Frequent urinary tract or yeast infections

Behavioral Indicators-

  • Withdrawal from others, chronic depression
  • Excessive seductiveness
  • Role reversal, overly concerned for siblings
  • Poor self-esteem, lack of confidence
  • Peer problems, lack of involvement
  • Massive weight change/ change in appetite
  • Suicide attempts
  • Crying, nausea, upset stomach
  • Inappropriate sex play or premature understanding of sex
  • Clinging to caregiver
  • Unwilling to change clothes infront of anyone
  • Exhibits fantasy or baby-like behaviors
  • Frequent nightmares/ bed wetting
  • Change in school performance