Long-Term Effects Of Sexually Abused Children

Effects Of Sexual Abuse Can Linger For Decades

The effects of sexual abuse don’t end when the abuse stops. In all likelihood, children who are sexually abused will deal with the consequences of their abuse for the rest of their lives. The long-term consequences are one reason that victims of sexual abuse may consider filing legal claims against sexual predators and the agencies or entities that robbed them of a childhood and caused significant problems as an adult.

At The Orlow Firm, our experienced New York sexual abuse lawyers are familiar with the potential long-term effects on sexually abused children. We understand how to create a compelling case for compensation based on the serious emotional and mental harm that sexual abuse can cause. We serve clients throughout New York City, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

Effect Of Sexual Assault On Kids

Initially, children who are victims of sexual abuse may display behavioral changes such as withdrawal or angry outbursts. There may be other warning signs. The effects of sexual abuse can linger for decades, however, and in some cases, children who appear unaffected will deal with consequences in later decades.

The long-term consequences of sexual abuse can depend on the length and severity of the abuse and other factors. In general, they can include:

  • Depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, insomnia and other mental and emotional problems
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Low-self esteem
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Difficulty with relationships

In addition, children who are sexually abused may be more likely to be future victims of sexual abuse as adolescents and adults.

Dealing With The Effects

If you were sexually abused, you did not have control over the abuse that happened to you, but you do have control over the long-term effects. Treatment, including psychotherapy or other counseling, can help you deal with both the short-term and long-term impact of child sexual abuse. There are resources that can help you learn what to do about sexual abuse.

Contact the Orlow Firm

To learn more about the long-term effects of sexual abuse and to find out whether an attorney can help you, contact The Orlow Firm.

Call (646) 647-3398 or contact us online.