Do You Suspect Sexual Abuse?
Children who are sexually abused may try to keep the abuse a secret, especially when the abuser is someone they know. Children may be afraid they will be blamed or punished for the abuse. They may be afraid they will no longer be loved or that their family will break up as a result. This fear means that it can be difficult to know when a child is being sexually abused, but many children will display behavioral or other changes.
If you learn your child has been sexually abused by an educator, foster parent, religious leader or another person, The Orlow Firm can help. During a free initial consultation, our lawyers will listen to your story and explain your potential legal options. We represent clients throughout New York City, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
Behavioral Changes After Sexual Abuse
Not all children who are victims of sexual abuse will show warning signs. According to one estimate, 40 percent of children do not have symptoms. Other children may have behavior changes or physical signs. According to the American Psychological Association and other organizations, children who have been sexually abused may develop:
- Angry outbursts
- Anxiety or depression
- Sleeping problems or nightmares
- Withdrawn behavior
- Regressive behaviors. For example, some children could start wetting the bed or sucking their thumbs again.
Children may also show sexual knowledge or behaviors that are unusual for their age. They may be reluctant to be alone with a particular person. Bruises, genital pain or bleeding, rashes or cuts may also be warning signs of sexual abuse. Sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy can also be a symptom, especially in children under 14.
What To Do If You See Warning Signs
At The Orlow Firm, our attorneys can advise you of what to do if you or your child has been sexually abused and guide you through the legal process if you choose to file a claim against the perpetrator. For a free consultation, call (646) 647-3398 or contact us online.