Signs of Childhood Sexual Abuse

signs of childhood sexual abuse

Children are often placed into the care of adults who parents and guardians have trusted to keep them safe. Tragically, this trust can be misplaced, giving predators access to children when they are without support or real adult supervision.

Oftentimes, child sex predators hide in plain sight, masquerading as youth pastors, den parents, and teachers. Many of these predators have experience coercing, threatening, and otherwise silencing their victims, making it unlikely that they will be exposed – at least in the present. This makes knowing the signs of childhood sexual abuse all the more important.

If you suspect your child is being abused, time is of the essence. Call our office today to speak with one of our Los Angeles child sexual abuse lawyers to learn how we can help.

Indications of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Signs that your child may be being sexually abused include:

  • Hesitancy to attend services or events
  • Visible discomfort around certain adults
  • An increased distrust of authority figures
  • Aggressive and violent behavior
  • Depression and withdrawal
  • Anxiety and nervousness

Children who are sexually abused may have difficulties sleeping and eating. They may seem disinterested in social events and playing with friends. They may become angry and prone to outbursts. All of this manifests from the trauma, fear, and violence perpetrated against childhood victims of sexual predators.

If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to them and truly listen to what they say. If you believe your child is being dishonest in order to protect an adult or out of fear, commit yourself to hear what they are able to say. If you believe that your child is being abused, contact our office immediately to learn how we can help.

Our childhood sexual abuse lawyers focus on this area of law. We have decades of experience holding sexual predators accountable and helping victims and their families get justice. If you need help, please call us today at 949-502-8600 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation at our Irvine office. We fight for children and their families in Los Angeles, Orange County, and all surrounding areas of California.

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