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The term incest has a unique meaning when used in the sense of child abuse. Incest is sexual violation of a minor by a significant person in the child's life, as defined by E. Sue Blume [1]. Incest in this context does not imply inbreeding. Unless explicitly stated to the contrary, all symptoms found on this website should be considered the result of the victim's psychosomatic responses to her abuse. In general, sexual abuse of children is associated with three major categories of symptoms: environmental, circumstantial, and consequential.

Environmental Symptoms
Environmental symptoms of abuse are the only indicators that can be helpful in preventing sexual abuse before any actual violation occurs. The problem with these indicators is that they characterize a social environment that is unwittingly chosen by the very people who might be interested in the protection of their children. The environment a child lives in is a good predictor whether she will be abused and how severely. The perpetrators are predominantly men, and the child protectors are mainly women. Interestingly, on the subconscious level,
married couples almost always operate as teams. Husbands do their best to hide the abuse from their wives, and the wives do their best not to discover it and face it. More information about this topic is on the page Incestuous Families.

Sexual abuse requires a specific mindset. The mentality of rapists fits the overall profiles of their personal and social beliefs. The only way to prevent child abuse by such domineering individuals is to limit their access to your children. Unfortunately, the opposite happens in most families. The wives and children love their relatives, and awareness of the abuse almost never enters the collective consciousness of incestuous families. 

Circumstantial Symptoms
Circumstantial symptoms of sexual abuse only occur after the violation has been committed or while the abuse still continues. These visible symptoms are not directly associated with the child, but represent objective material evidence or circumstantial indicators: torn or bloody underwear, semen on the underwear, bloody towels, bloody bed sheets, or child is improperly dressed after abuse by a male. In cases of paternal incest, the husband may show changes in his sexual habits. He may desire sex less frequently or may change his coital routines. Finding the true reasons behind his changes may be difficult. They may occur gradually over many years and may be attributed to the simple fact that the birth of children has changed the family dynamics. Indeed, it has.

Consequential Symptoms
Consequential symptoms of sexual abuse are directly associated with the abused child. The effects can have a short-term or a long-term duration. The temporary impact after each abusive episode may last only hours or days. The child may appear distraught, may show pallor, sweating, and trepidation, or she may have a rapid heartbeat, or absent facial expression, or unresponsive demeanor, or she may become very angry for no reason. Any visible physical injury, which is rare in cases of paternal incest, may heal within days, and the child returns back to normal. But she is never normal after her abuse. Deep inside her body and mind, incest causes lasting changes that stay with her forever. These long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse are the ultimate force in the human universe. The long-term effects shape not only the abused child, but also her future children, and humanity as a whole. And since humans are the most influential animals in our world, sexual abuse in childhood also affects all life on earth. See the pages Doom and CSA Statistics for more information. Consequential symptoms of incest are presented here below.


Psychological symptoms are the most common and most diverse consequences of childhood sexual abuse. Incest can cause overall mental disorganization of the violated child, and the victim may exhibit extreme opposing behavioral traits that may coexist. The abused child may become a "dumb genius" or "submissive tyrant" or "righteous crook." Additional extremes include the following:

Timidity or aggression

Hyperarousal or apathy
Obesity or anorexia
Substandard or superior intellect
Pursuit of power or submission
Self-persecution or being always right
Fatalism or magical thinking
Hypersexuality or fear of nudity
Optimism or chronic anxiety
Fearlessness or paranoia
Technically gifted or technically challenged mind
Swimming and bathing or ignoring hygiene
Domineering or submissive lovers
Substantially younger or older lovers
Substantially smaller or taller lovers

In addition to behavioral extremes, sexual abuse produces mental symptoms that are taken for normal behaviors or are considered a matter of personal preference. The resulting mentality may seem purely psychological in origin, but there is always some neural damage behind such behaviors. The consequences are countless and define the behavioral characteristics of humanity.


Child sexual abuse can result in hypoactivity or hyperactivity of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and can lead to these consequences:

Short or tall stature
Baldness or abnormal hair growth
White or gray hair
Hair between the eyes (hairy glabella, Brezhnev)
Hair above the upper lip (women) (1)
Freckles (2)
Common moles: pigmented, or raised, or hairy (3)
Oval or circular skin dents in the face, especially in the medial forehead and the glabellar region. Locations of skin dents usually coincide with those of moles.

1. Hormonal symptoms are reliable indicators of post-traumatic stress disorder. Statistically, hair above the upper lip is a symptom of multiple personality disorder. Age seems to have no effect on the accuracy of this indicator prior to menopause. Confidence level ~ 100%. Hair above the upper lip is often accompanied by depression, which is also associated with MPD (Putnam, 1989) [2].

Freckles may cover the whole face, or be concentrated in a horizontal band running below the eyes and across the nose, or they can be confined to the nose.

3. Locations of moles are associated with glands and ganglia, which are parts of the autonomic nervous system. Several typical moles and their usual ranges (dashed lines) are shown in figure 1 below. The outlet of the parotid gland is at A1. The depicted locations are exemplary. Every individual has his or her unique anatomy that may substantially deviate from the ideal. The A1 mole, for example, may occur anywhere within a radius of about 10 mm from the depicted position, most often ventrally or anteriorly. The majority of moles is found in fewer than 200 distinct locations on the face and body, but the total possible locations of moles can reach many thousands. The sizes and the number of moles an individual has usually reflect the severity of his or her post-traumatic reaction, even though there are numerous exceptions to this general trend. Many incest victims who were continually raped from birth till their mid or late teens and suffered severe neuropsychological consequences have no visible moles

Facial moles


Dissociation and multiple personality disorder are direct consequences of severe traumas, and childhood sexual abuse is the most common reason for having multiple personality

Chronic depression (confidence level ~ 100%)

Panic attacks (confidence level ~ 100%)
Seductive behavior (confidence level ~ 100%) (4)
Lying for no reason, confabulation
Poor memory for the names of significant others, name confusion
Instant forgetting
Misdirected anger (ethnic, racial, religious, sexual, and other)
Blind love and blind trust (ethnic, racial, religious, sexual, and other)
Intellectual swings
Emotional swings
Gaps in memory
Confabulated or severely distorted biographical stories and memories
Bulimia (or oscillation between anorexia and obesity)
Ultra-short, aerodynamic hairstyle (women)
Short hairstyle with abrupt cut-off (multiples and lesbians)

Edgy, meticulously groomed beards, mustaches, and particularly goatees (men)

4. Seductive behavior in adults tends to occur along with age regression.

In addition to MPD, sexual abuse produces deficits in emotional intelligence. Similar deficits are known from patients with frontal lobe damage. In the case of sexual abuse, the neuropsychological impact involves additional brain areas. The specific symptoms include magical thinking, belief in the supernatural, self-deception, aggression, impulsive behavior, immodesty, addictions, loss of social inhibitions, or warped social norms.


Homosexuality (because of
psychological imprinting or genetic mutations, or both)
(subconscious fear and hate)
Infertility in women because of incest, pregnancy, and damaging teenage abortions
Pregnancy at a young age because of incestuous rape or sexualization
Vegetarianism (because of oral rape)
Cysts on the brain (because of chronic dissociation)
Genetic mutations (5)

Child sexual abuse, and especially child rape, may trigger genetic mutations and may lead to many diseases. One of the consequences is mental retardation (fragile X syndrome or Rett syndrome) and the associated symptoms: long, deformed face; small ears; long ears; prominent ears, big ear lobes, missing ear lobes, and other deformities of the ears. Small round ears are common among gays and lesbians. Additional symptoms may occur without mental retardation: prominent upper dental arch; prominent cheekbones; dimple in the cheek, chin, or glabella; cleft chin; facial wrinkles and creases; long straight nose; very wide lower jaw below the temporomandibular joint; and a long, broad, small, narrow, asymmetrical, protruding, or bulbous chin. A smaller chin (bump) may exist on top of the chin base. The bump often has a split or a dimple. The whole jawbone can be distinct; that is slightly protruding beyond the face. The transition between the jawbone and the chin may be abrupt.

Several facial deformities are depicted in figure 2. They can come in many combinations, and care must be exercised when judging these traits in various ethnic groups.

2a:  Long narrow face, long ears and nose, protruding split chin, abrupt transition to jawbone
2b:  Classical 3-point prominence with protruding chin and cheekbones
2c:  Wrinkles, dimples, and glabellar split. Grooves in cheeks and around the mouth are not shown.

Genetic mutations

The younger a child is when her abuse begins, the more profound her genetic mutations can become. Children whose sexual abuse starts at an older age may only show mild effects, such as hormonal imbalance. It is not clear which genetic changes only affect an abused individual, which only show in successive generations, and which are always present. However, clinical observations suggest that genetic abnormalities predominantly affect the victimized child, and only her regulatory DNA is significantly affected in most cases. The victim may not necessarily have true "genetic mutations," but may suffer from developmental disruption of her cells. The actual genetic code (the stable DNA of genes, which is used in criminology) appears to be more resistant to changes. Furthermore, sexual reproduction tends to mask defective genes in the next generations.

Despite its limited impact on the genetic code, sexual abuse does shape the human race. There is little doubt that the cumulative effects of incest have transformed prehistoric apes into contemporary humans. Traits that stand out as suspects of inherited changes are: high IQ, development of language, social character of humanity, manual dexterity, loss of body hair, prominent breasts in human females, and fertility throughout the year. Such slowly acquired characteristics contrast the immediate and dramatic mutations seen in victims of inbreeding or nuclear irradiation. Interestingly, somatic traits found in polyincestuous families suggest that the mental effects alone are able to cause sudden and lasting genetic changes. In addition to the obvious consequences caused by mutations of the X chromosome, inherited mutations show in cancer-stricken families. Children from such families seem to be genetically predisposed to cancers. When the children are abused, their faulty genes may become activated by the mental shock or by the post-traumatic stress, and the children may develop the same health problems as the parents have. Young victims may show no obvious cellular damage, but the unresolved mental traumas often lead to stressful lifestyles and erratic functioning of the regulatory DNA later in life. This is why cancers mainly occur in the middle and old ages. Still, the mechanisms leading to genetic mutations in incest victims remain poorly understood.
The only sure thing about sexual abuse is that its impact is unpredictable. The same nature and degree of violation may lead to different consequences in different people. Except dissociation, incest victims have no universally common indicator of abuse. Dissociation is the common indicator.


Childhood asthma (caused by oral rape)

Strep throat (caused by oral rape)
Oral herpes infection (caused by oral rape)
Cancer (all forms; particularly leukemia, and above all neuroblastoma. See the page CSA Statistics.)
Tourette's disorder
Epilepsy (symptom of MPD)
Diseases of the heart (irregular heart beat, malformed heart, infarction)
Diseases of the blood (anemia, high blood pressure, and other)
Diseases of the ANS (loss of hunger or constant hunger, thyroid disorders, and parotitis)
Autoimmune diseases (lupus, arthritis, and other)
Muscular dystrophy
Venereal diseases in childhood
Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Phobias (Specific phobias may reflect no logical association with a suffered childhood trauma.)
Dissociative disorders (See the page Multiple Personality for additional information.)
Suicidal ideation (Virtually all suicidal attempts in young people are attributable to sexual abuse.)

Note: This is only a sample of the most common illnesses, not an exhaustive list. Some of these diseases may also be caused by factors other than childhood sexual abuse.


Bruised private parts: caused by rough sexual contact or rape. This symptom may vanish in a week.
Lacerations of the anus: caused by anal rape. This symptom may almost vanish in weeks.
Torn hymen: caused by vaginal rape. A torn hymen can heal in 9 days (Faller, 1988) [3].
Missing foreskin: caused by circumcision. This symptom lasts throughout life.
Lacuna Incesti Patri: LIP (diastema): caused by oral rape in early infancy. This symptom may last beyond the grave.


Figure 3 shows several typical dental gaps caused by oral rape. Figure 3a depicts regular teeth. Figure 3b presents the most common type of LIP, a simple diastema with straight teeth. Most LIPs are less than 2 mm wide, but a few may reach widths of 6 mm. In extreme cases, diastemas can be up to 12 mm wide. Some African cultures believe that a big diastema is beautiful, and have it created or enlarged on purpose. However, extreme diastemas are also found in populations that do not enhance dental gaps artificially. Because of this fact, one must consider that even extreme gap sizes might be caused by oral rape alone.

Dental gaps

In figure 3c, the central incisors have moved closer together and reduced the original big gap. The sizes and positions of dental gaps need not be symmetrical, but in this case, the incisors are spaced regularly, and the three small gaps are barely noticeable.

In figure 3d, the forces involved in oral rape of an infant damaged the jaw, and the teeth stacked up on top of each other. In figure 3e, the gap between the upper teeth spreads, and the central incisors protrude forward. This gap style accounts for a few percent of all gaps and is more common when the gap is big. Figure 3e also shows a gap in the lower jaw. This gap is usually smaller and also less common than the upper-jaw gap is. Only about 1% of LIPs have been found in the lower jaw. The low frequency may be due to the fact that only few people show their lower teeth in pictures.

Figure 3f depicts a short incisor. This outcome is caused by too much force applied to the developing tooth.

There are additional dental irregularities that suggest oral rape during infancy. Teeth pushed into the background (figure 3d), or a short tooth (figure 3f), or a crooked central incisor in the absence of gaps fall in this category, but many aspects of oral rape still remain unclear. Only a controlled study involving infant animals and dildoes can answer the outstanding questions.
An unusual dental symptom of oral rape is of psychological nature. People who purge themselves often, such as bulimic patients, react to the perceived disgust of their oral rape. The likelihood of vomiting increases when the subjects are under stress. As a result, the teeth of both jaws are exposed to peptic fluids and become gradually eroded. The central incisors are eroded most, and the lateral teeth are affected less. The outcome is a diamond-shaped horizontal slot that tapers off to the sides.

As the above mentioned physical symptoms of abuse hint, penile penetration of the victim's body is the goal of most sexual abusers. All openings of the body that can be penetrated are entered sooner or later. The vagina and the anus are formed by soft tissue. The nearest bone structures are centimeters away and are reasonably solid at birth. Both the vagina and the anus are small in infants, and any penetration of these openings would result in major structural damage and immediate exposure of child abuse. But there is one exception. The mouth is relatively large at birth and is suitable for penetration by an adult penis. The mouth of a newborn child is surrounded by soft bones that gradually harden over the next few months. And these facts make a big difference in forensics.

A man who rapes a baby does not do it for his sexual pleasure; dominance is the driving force. To subdue the child, the rapist penetrates deep into the victim’s body. The abuser has to force his penis inside to overcome the curvature between the mouth and the throat. The penis follows the contours of the oral cavity, bends, and acts as a flat spring, pressing with its base against the infant’s upper jaw. That is how the seam in the palate (the intermaxillary suture) is forced apart. Also the lower jaw has a seam: the mandibular symphysis. It closes during the second year [4]. Incidentally, some people may have spaces between their lower teeth (U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater). These gaps may reach up to 4 mm in width. The rapist's erect penis probably curled up on itself, so he approached his victim from behind her head. In rare cases, a gap may be attributable to other causes than child rape during early infancy. The author reports that he saw a picture of a bear with a 4 mm-wide dental gap, but with regularly spaced teeth. The author does not indicate whether the bear was wild or was raised by people.

If oral rape starts within two weeks of birth, the interaction of the penis and the jaws may dislodge the teeth from their original positions and move them to the sides. At the same time, the less robust lateral incisors may be pushed in the background, as is shown in figure 3d. The teeth need not be positioned vertically. Some teeth may protrude forward, while others may be vertical or slanting backwards. Also the fanning-out and forward-protruding teeth in figure 3e may be created in this way. A gap may not be produced during the first two weeks, because the jaw quadrants are loose and probably come together if oral rape stops before the end of the first month. A single big gap with no overlapping teeth (figure 3b) is possibly created at the end of the first month or early during the second month. At this time, the seam is still soft, but the jaws and the palate have hardened a little, and the jaws are not deformed by the applied force. The weakest point in the jaw (the seam) tears; the quadrants move apart, but the positions of the individual teeth in each quadrant remain unaffected. Several smaller gaps (figure 3c) may start as one big gap during the first month after birth. If the rape stops in the second month, the teeth are likely to rebound and spread evenly. If oral rape starts at an older age, during the third month, perhaps, the dental spaces progressively diminish until no gaps are produced at all.

It is assumed that no gaps are created during or after the fourth month after birth. By the sixth month, the milk teeth of the lower jaw begin cutting through the gum in a process known as teething. The teeth in the upper jaw typically occur two months later. The moment the tips of the incisors come out, the gap is already fully formed. It is not produced subsequently by the labial frenum (frenulum), as many dentists claim. Incest is a traumatic experience, and no victim wishes to face it again. Dentists are no exception. They have a vested interest in keeping the myth of the jaw-splitting frenum alive. They are protecting themselves from their traumatic experiences. Mercury poisoning is just one of two factors that drives dentists to commit suicide. They do not know that the other reason for the high suicide rate among dentists [5] is sexual abuse, and specifically oral rape in early childhood. This is why dentists choose their profession. The subconscious reactions to inaccessible traumas compel dentists to interact with the mouth, but they have no clue why. As for the relationship between the frenum and the diastema, the frenum may get caught in a narrow dental gap, but the frenum does not create the gap. Nevertheless, dentists often cut the frenum and mutilate the patient. It is not enough for them to poison the dental patient with mercury and sodium fluoride; they also have to destroy his or her smile.  As is evident, incest, psychopathy, malpractice, and criminal behaviors go hand in hand.

The existence of a diastema that is still buried inside the gum can be detected by means of an ultrasound examination, or by means of a small flashlight placed inside the child's mouth. Both methods will show clear boundaries between the solid teeth and the soft tissue in the gap.

Although a big gap between regularly spaced teeth is telling, it needs to be evaluated as part of the bigger picture. A raped child always bears additional evidence of sexual abuse. When the existence of a gap is combined with the victim's job, cruelty, paranoia, addictions, religiosity, acting out, family history, health problems, and quest for power and recognition, a clear correlation between sexual abuse in childhood and the victim’s adult life emerges. And, please, keep in mind that people with dental gaps represent only a fraction of the most severely abused individuals.

A child who has no gap may have been raped anally or vaginally, or orally after the age of about 3 months. She may have become pregnant and may have had an abortion. She may have been abused by a woman. None of these activities may leave behind visible symptoms of sexual abuse.

The best time to study dental gaps appears to be just after the permanent teeth have grown to their full lengths, between the ages of 8 and 10 years. Teenagers become concerned with their looks, and the dental industry covers up the gaps. During the treatment, braces may force the tips of incisors to come together quickly, but a residual wedge can be seen at the gumline for weeks. Without any treatment, several gaps may occur between the front teeth, as is depicted in figure 3c (Hattie Caraway, the first woman who became a United States senator, and Gagarin, the first man who made a space flight).

The frequency of diastemas drops below 10% among adults of most industrialized societies. In addition, there are cultural differences. Although all human societies are incestuous, not all societies rape their children orally. In the United States, there seems to be no major difference between boys and girls, and between blacks and whites, and between the rich and the poor in the frequency of dental gaps, although rich white girls are more likely to have their gaps corrected during teenage years.

The Author examined a number of books and magazines, and identified a group of 400 notable subjects with dental gaps. A small sample follows. Age at death is approximate; it is calculated from the years of birth and death.

Theresa Merritt:  actress, died at 75 of skin cancer, gap = 4 mm
Mother Teresa:  caretaker, deeply religious, short, lower jaw gap > 2 mm
Amelia Earhart:  pilot, seductive, quest for fame, acting out, died at 40, gap > 2 mm
Bess Truman:  the president's wife, gap = 1 mm
Terry Thomas:  British actor, war pilot, died of Parkinson's, gap = 4 mm
Charles Conrad, Jr.:  veteran astronaut, sexualized, acting out, gap = 4 mm
Nikita Khrushchev:  Soviet leader, moles, died at 77, gap > 3 mm
Reginald Lewis:  rich, cigar smoker, died at 50 of brain cancer, gap > 3 mm
William Kunstler:  radical lawyer, facial mole, gap > 2 mm
William Knowland:  senate Republican leader, suicide at 66, gap > 2 mm
John Stanford:  US Army general, died at 60 of leukemia, gap > 2 mm
Otis Toole:  serial killer, died in prison, gap = 2 mm
Jack Unterweger:  serial killer, suicide in prison, gap = 2 mm
Carl Agar:  Canadian, “Mr. Helicopter,” died at 66, gap = 2 mm
Bugsy Siegel:  founder of Las Vegas, murdered, gap = 1.5 mm
David Sutch:  leader of the “Loony Party,” suicide at 58, gap = 1.5 mm
Joe DiMaggio:  top baseball player, smoker, died at 84, gap > 1 mm
Josef Mengele:  “doctor” of Auschwitz, A1 mole, gap > 1 mm
Menachem Begin:  Prime Minister of Israel, moles, bald, gap > 1 mm
Neil Reagan:  the president's brother, gap > 1 mm
Bob Magness:  founder of TCI, gap > 1 mm
Rocky Graziano:  angry boxer, smoker, moles, died at 68, gap = 1 mm
Allen Ginsberg:  poet, gay, activist, died at 71, gap = 1 mm
Rudolf Hess:  Hitler's deputy, pilot, hairy glabella, suicide at 93, gap = 1 mm
Eduardo Montalva:  Christian party leader, President of Chile, died at 71, gap = 1 mm
Joseph R. McCarthy:  senator, paranoid, alcoholic, domineering SOB, died at 49, gap < 1 mm


1]  Secret Survivors,
1991 E. Sue Blume, Ballantine Books, New York
First Ballantine Books Edition: March 1991, Tenth Printing: April, 1993, ISBN 0-345-36979-3

[2]  Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder by Frank W. Putnam, page 58
1989 Frank W. Putnam, Guilford Press, A division of Guilford Publications, Inc.
Printing No 8, ISBN 0-89862-177-1

[3]  Child Sexual Abuse by Kathleen Coulborn Faller, page 259, 1988 Columbia University Press
Printing No. 4, ISBN 0-231-06471-3

[4]  UNSW

[5]  The Samaritans 1998. Suicide in the UK and Ireland 1996. Retrieved May 13, 2002 from

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