How To Prevent Sexual Abuse

At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, we have extensive experience holding sexual abusers accountable and seeking justice for the survivors of abuse in Connecticut. While our lawyers consider it a privilege to help the brave survivors who come forward, we want to raise awareness around the steps that individuals and organizations can take to prevent sexual abuse from happening in the first place.

Be Vigilant As A Parent

Ultimately, you know your child better than anyone and know what is best for him or her. It is important for you to do your own background checks or take the time to get to know your child's teachers, coaches, ministers, scout leaders, babysitters and others who will be spending a significant amount of time in your child's life. There are also free databases that will alert you to sex offenders living near your home.

Often overlooked is the amount of time that other parents spend with children at school-related functions such as field trips. Parents and teachers aids are often not subjected to the rigorous background checks and other processes that teachers and other school officials go through.

While it is tempting to simply trust other adults and assume that no one would harm your child, being vigilant is truly worth the effort. If your child is going to be joining a traveling team at school, attending a field trip, joining a scout troupe or any similar activity, it is important to take the following actions:

  • Call up the organization and confirm that they perform background checks on employees AND volunteers
  • Confirm that your child will never be alone with an adult
  • Let your children know that no adult should be asking them to keep secrets or spend time alone with them that is different from the other kids.

For more information on how to prevent sexual abuse, or to speak to an attorney, contact our Bridgeport, Connecticut, firm today.