GRAPEVINE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Grapevine Police are reminding parents to be aware of possible signs of abuse after an elementary school child is allegedly sexually assaulted by another student.
Police said the attack allegedly took place at Silver Lake Elementary School. They have asked the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD to limit information to protect the families involved and the investigation, but assured the community that they are working to get answers and give the children the support they need.
School officials are also working with police to ensure their students are safe and identify possible suspects. In cases where children sexually abuse other children, the abuser is often the victim of the abuse himself.
Meanwhile, police are encouraging parents to talk to their children about safety and watch for signs of potential abuse. Those include:
- Sudden occurrence
- Extreme mood swings
- Withdrawal or depression
- Inappropriate behavior or knowledge of sex
- Poor self-esteem and social problems
- Discomfort with physical contact or proximity
- Sudden difficulties at school
More information about detecting abuse is available online.
Anyone who believes their child may be a victim of abuse should immediately call the Grapevine Police Department at (817) 410-8127 or call 911.
In addition, the department’s Victim Services Advocate is available to anyone in the community seeking support for themselves or a family member. They can be reached at (817) 410-3491 or by email.