CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE LAWYER
Protecting children and teens is a responsibility we must all share, especially against crimes as heinous as sexual offences, where the victims are scarred for life.
Victims of sexual abuse, especially when they are minors, have a very hard time recounting what they experienced – often, they don’t even understand that what was done to them was wrong. Thus, it is very important to respond immediately when there is any evidence or suspicion that sexual abuse is taking place.
WHAT TO DO IF…
If there is even a shadow of suspicion that your child may have or is suffering sexual abuse, the first thing to do is to take him or her to a paediatrician. Only a professional can help you through this tragic and painful situation.
Sometimes, you may suspect who the abuser is, but other times all you have to go on is the child’s unusual behaviour that are major red flags: hypersexualised behaviour, rejects physical contact, intense nightmares, etc.
Talking to a paediatrician immediately is the first step, and based on that the doctor tells you, the next step is to seek out a lawyer to file a complaint.
EXAMPLES OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN
My son has been acting strangely for weeks now; whenever it’s time for his bath he doesn’t want me to touch him and it has become a recurring issue. His school teacher has told me that she has noticed that he’s on edge, and even hits his classmates. When it’s time for him to go visit his father he always cries, as if he were desperate.
My daughter always slept well, but several months ago she started having terrible nightmares and wakes up crying and screaming. I’ve noticed that it happens especially when she comes back after spending time at her grandparents’ and uncles’ house.
My son is only six years old, but whenever he’s showering he touches his genitals in a clearly sexual way. I’ve tried to not pay too much attention to it, but I don’t think it’s normal. When I ask him why he does it, he says it’s what he always does with dad.