What to Do If You Suspect Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused

If you suspect your child has been sexually abused, you must take appropriate action.

  1. The first step in taking appropriate action is to come forward – report it to law enforcement. We realize that it may be very difficult to do because of your concern about having your child relive the experience and possibly having to testify in court. Unfortunately, that is why predators are able to continue to prey on children and groom them over a long period of time.
  2. Don’t be afraid to seek out help from a mental health professional. Resources and counseling are available and cannot be delayed.
  3. Remember that, the next step in taking appropriate action is to know your legal rights. You may have as little as six months to bring a claim. You may also have until your 26th birthday, or you may benefit from provisions of new legislation that just passed or new laws pending in the legislature or sitting on the governor’s desk; it depends. Each case is unique and requires a legal analysis of the facts. Call us or come in and see us. We will be happy to consult with you at no cost or obligation, and in complete privacy.

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