Unfortunately, sexual abuse occurs all too often in schools and in the classroom. Sexual abuse can happen between all those attending the school, and even those working on the premises, which can include staff and administrators. It can happen to anyone, of any race, gender, or age. Regardless of who is sexually abusing who, the effects and outcomes are devastating. Here is what you need to do if you’ve experienced sexual abuse in school.
While this may be difficult to do after being sexually abused, it is important to take action right away to prevent this situation from occurring to your child again or anyone else. Although, before you do that, you will need evidence to support your claim. Do not change anything about your child’s appearance and head to a hospital straight away. There they will examine your child and do any testing if necessary. The examination includes swabbing externally and internally for any information that can be collected as evidence.
It is important to report this abuse to the teacher, coach, or principal. They will be able to take this report to the administration. You should also make a report to law enforcement, as they might be able to launch a criminal investigation if enough evidence is available. After doing all this, contacting one of our attorneys can help you with your claims and provide you with guidance and advice every step of the way.
Support Your Child
If your child has experienced sexual abuse, they may be feeling emotionally upset and confused. Be there for them and give them the support they need during this difficult and confusing time. Reach out to a professional counselor or therapist who can help your child as they’ve helped many other survivors and victims of abuse.
Signs of Child Sexual Abuse
There are a few signs of child sexual abuse to look out for. Being able to catch the signs may help you prevent the act from occurring, and save your child from a life-changing situation. The signs of child sexual abuse include a sudden change in grades at school for the worst, a sudden change of interest in specific school activities or subjects, and a negative change in behavior.
Contact Us Today!
At The Cifarelli Law Firm located in Irvine, CA, we believe that every individual should receive the justice they deserve, and we want to help do just that. Our attorneys work hard to ensure that you are guided throughout the entire process. If you or a loved one has experienced sexual abuse, give us a call at 949-502-8600 to request a free consultation. You can also visit us at www.cifarelliinjurylaw.com for more information.