Recognizing The Signs Of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse may seem like something that happens to other people. But with nearly 40 million sexual abuse survivors in the United States today, there are a lot of "other people." Children are the most vulnerable, and recognizing the signs of sexual abuse can help you protect your children and make sure they receive the help they need if they have been victimized.

At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, our attorneys are committed to representing all survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Connecticut.

You Know Your Child Better Than Anyone

Parents seem to have a sixth sense for determining when something "just isn't right" with a child. If you suspect that something is wrong, it is important to follow your instincts and find out what is going on.

Common Signs Of Sexual Abuse

Perhaps the most frequent sign of sexual abuse is a child withdrawing. If a child who has always loved going to school suddenly no longer wants to go — or no longer wants to be around a certain teacher — it could be a sign of sexual abuse. If your child is receiving "special" attention from a teacher, coach, neighbor or someone in a position of power or authority, it can be a sign that something is going on.

Other signs of sexual abuse include:

  • Being unusually clingy
  • Angry outbursts
  • Nightmares or erratic sleep patterns
  • Becoming more secretive
  • Physical damage such as sores or bruises near the genitals
  • Fear of adults
  • Unexplained personality changes, often occurring suddenly

We Are Here To Help The Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

You have the strength to come forward, and we have the resources to make sure justice is served. Contact our Bridgeport sexual abuse lawyers today to arrange a confidential and sensitive evaluation of your case.