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Child abuse offenders may leave their innocent victims scarred for life, physically and emotionally. Further, a child abuse case can be very difficult to prove in court and may require an experienced attorney to help investigate the case and guide the victim and their family through the tragedy.
Zinda Law Group attorneys are here for you and your family through this difficult time. Our abuse lawyers are compassionate and readily accessible in offices nationwide, and they have the experience to answer any questions you may have regarding your child sex abuse claim. We are here to fight on your behalf and for your child’s best interests.
signs of sexual abuse in children
It may be difficult for children to be truthful about sexual abuse. After all, the abuser may have threatened the child, she may be feeling ashamed, or he may just be too young to understand that the abuse was inappropriate. However, in certain cases, the child may display behavioral, physical, or emotional changes; although these signs will vary with the kind of trauma experienced and the age of the child, it is important to recognize these changes in order to get your child the help he or she needs.
The behavioral changes a child may display after a sexual assault may look like the child is acting out or otherwise acting badly; however, it might be a sign that your child has experienced sexual abuse or other trauma. These signs include:
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Acting younger
- Fear of being alone with a certain individual
- Fear of being touched
- Changes in quality of schoolwork or grades
- Excessive play with their own private body parts
- Drawings depicting sexual content
- Substance abuse
- Unusual, persistent, or developmentally inappropriate questioning about sexuality
These behavioral changes may not always be dramatic, but may instead include several subtle changes. Understanding what is natural and healthy in a child’s sexual development may help you notice if something does not seem right or if there may be a serious problem. If you believe there has been a change in your child’s behavior, it is important to seek the help of a doctor or counselor right away.
Along with changes in behavior, there are also some physical signs that may indicate your child has suffered some kind of trauma or sexual abuse. These physical signs can include:
- Eating more or less than usual
- Trouble with sleeping
- Bedwetting or an increase in bedwetting
- Stomach pain
- Pain or itching in the genital area
- Underwear stained with blood or other discharge
- Bleeding from the rectum
- Problems walking or sitting
If your child is showing any one of these physical signs, it is important to take him or her to a medical professional right away. A medical professional has the ability to properly look over the child and may help determine the cause of these physical changes.
In addition to the above changes and signs, your child may also be showing emotional signs which may indicate trauma or abuse. Examples of these emotional signs include the following:
- Severe anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Frequent crying
- Increased tantrums
- Increased irritability
If your child is showing any of these signs, or if you suspect your child has suffered from abuse of a sexual nature, it is important to get your child immediate medical care. Children may be left feeling scared, confused, or traumatized by the abuse and may not be able to communicate their feelings to an adult; it is important, therefore, to understand the behavioral, physical, and emotional signs that a child may display after being sexually harmed. After seeking medical attention, contact one of Zinda Law Group’s nationwide child sex abuse lawyers to discuss your potential lawsuit.
Grooming behaviors in child abusers
In approximately 90% of child sexual abuse cases, the child actually knows their abuser. The abuser will “groom” the child in order to build a trusting relationship with the child and to create a connection that allows the offender to initiate the abuse.
The offender will also groom the adults in the household, which will allow them to be left alone with the child and to help them avoid suspicion. Along with understanding the behavioral, physical, and emotional changes in your child after potential abuse, therefore, it is also important to understand the different kinds of grooming tactics a sex offender may use on you and other members your family as well as on your child.
Grooming Tactics for Children
The following are examples of grooming tactics an abuser may use on a child:
- Giving the child gifts
- Taking the child on special outings
- Giving the child individual attention
- Allowing the child to do things they normally are not allowed to do, such as watching adult movies
Child sex offenders may take advantage of their victims by gaining their trust and by convincing them to keep the abuse a secret. The child may then be afraid to tell their parent about the harm they were subjected to by the offender. That is why it is extremely important to understand these grooming tactics and to explain to your child that it is okay to tell you if someone has harmed them.
Grooming Tactics for Family Members
At the same time an offender is grooming the child, he or she may also be grooming the adults surrounding the child, such as the parents or other family members. These grooming tactics may include:
- Offering to help with the child, such as offering to give rides to or from school
- Offering to babysit
- Being friendly with the family members
- Working to become a part of the family
Although not every friendly adult may be trying to harm your child, it is important to be aware of these grooming tactics and to trust your instincts if you believe something wrong may be happening. Keep in mind, offenders are often well-liked and are typically considered upstanding members of their communities.
If you are suspicious that someone may be sexually abusing your child, contact your local authorities right away, especially if your child tells you about it. By reporting the sexual abuse, you are not only protecting your own child from future trauma, but you are also protecting other children from the offender as well. Child abusers are likely to continue their behavior—and harm more victims—until someone stops them by reporting the abuse and taking legal action against them. After you have talked to law enforcement, it is helpful to then contact an experienced child abuse attorney to discuss your potential case.
My child was abused, is there a personal injury attorney near me?
When a child has been abused, no amount of money can ever replace their lost innocence and peace of mind. Getting assistance with paying for their medical or counselling bills, though, will at least help relieve some of the financial burden the family of the victim may be forced to bear.
At Zinda Law Group, our skilled attorneys are here to help child abuse victims get the compensation they deserve from their abusers. That is why our team is nationwide and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss any questions you have and to help guide you through the entire legal process. Although not an exclusive list, our team is available in the following cities and surrounding areas:
- Austin, Texas
- Round Rock, Texas
- San Antonio, Texas
- Waco, Texas
- Dallas, Texas
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Denver, Colorado
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Boulder, Colorado
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Miami, Florida
No matter where in the United States you are located, Zinda Law Group may be able to help you seek the maximum amount of compensation available in your case. Our firm is dedicated to providing each one of our clients with all the resources of a large firm, but with the individualized attention of a small practice. If you find yourself asking: “Is there a personal injury lawyer near me?” Contact a nationwide Zinda Law Group attorney today.
Call an experienced zinda law group child sex abuse attorney today to discuss your case
If you believe that your child or a child that you know has been sexually abused, it is important that you help the child seek immediate medical attention from a medical professional. It is also crucial that you contact local law enforcement, such as the local police. After you have completed these steps, contact a Zinda Law Group child abuse lawyer as soon as possible; our team has the resources and ability necessary to help get the child compensation for his or her physical injuries, emotional trauma, and more.
Zinda Law Group nationwide child sex abuse lawyers are here to help guide you and your family through the entire legal process and to answer any questions you may have regarding your case. We understand that your family is going through a difficult time and we aim to make this process as smooth as possible. Contact Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free consultation.
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