Five Things To Know As A Victim Of Child Sex Abuse

Five Things Victims of Child Sex Abuse in California Should Know

Compassionate Lose Angeles Sexual Assault Lawyers Helping You Take Back Control

Child sex abuse is a terrifying and tragic reality for thousands of children. Our Los Angeles child sex abuse attorneys have successfully represented many victims of sexual abuse, and we understand how challenging it is for families to pick up the pieces after such a harrowing breach of trust occurs. It can often be embarrassing or uncomfortable for a child to disclose sexual abuse and therefore only approximately 30 percent of cases are reported to authorities, according to a report.

If your child has been abused, here are five things you should know:

  1. YOU NEED LEGAL COUNSEL. Don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer who focuses on helping young victims of sexual abuse. Sex abuse cases are particularly sensitive and usually involve a statute of limitations (deadlines). While financial restitution may never heal the pain caused by such abuse, it does help many achieve a sense of closure, and ensures that dangerous criminals are held accountable for their actions.
  2. IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT. Many victims of sexual abuse blame themselves for somehow “inviting” or “allowing” the abuse. Similarly, parents of child sex abuse victims may feel partly responsible for not noticing the signs of abuse sooner, or for being taken in by an adult whom they thought they could trust. Remember that no one asks to be abused, and that abusers are skilled manipulators who lie, deceive and carefully groom their victims. Focusing your attention on the truly culpable parties will help you direct your energy in more productive ways, and will allow you to help your child more effectively during this extremely difficult time.
  3. YOU ARE NOT POWERLESS. One of the most damaging aspects of sexual abuse, particularly when it concerns children, is the feeling of helplessness and powerlessness it creates. At the law firm of Taylor & Ring, we know that victims are not powerless – and that their strength can help put perpetrators behind bars and protect other potential victims from harm.
  4. YOU CAN HEAL. The effects of sex abuse on children are long lasting and require professional counseling, but rest assured that with proper care healing is within reach. Above all else, do not lose hope.
  5. RESPONSIBILITY MAY NOT BE LIMITED TO THE PERPETRATOR ALONE. If your child was abused by an individual, such as a teachercoach, religious figure or day care worker who knew your child due to his or her job or was at work when the abuse occurred, you may be able to hold his or her employer responsible as well. Employers often fail to conduct thorough background checks, neglect to investigate complaints or even actively attempt to cover up child sex abuse. Such employers must also be held accountable for their role in the abuse.

Let Taylor & Ring Help You Protect Your Child’s Future

Dealing with the knowledge that your child has been sexually abused is incredibly difficult. Choosing an attorney to help you protect your child from further harm shouldn’t be. At Taylor & Ring, we help you and your family take back control of your lives. For more information on what to do if your child has been sexually abused, please contact our Los Angeles sexual assault attorneys at 310-776-6390, or by filling out this contact form.

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