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Incidents of child sexual assault are abhorrent. As parents and guardians, it is vital to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms that could indicate child sexual assault. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our Philadelphia sexual abuse attorneys want to discuss five signs that you can be on the lookout for that may indicate the child is the victim of sexual assault. Our team is dedicated to helping victims of child sexual assault recover the compensation they are entitled to.
Recognizing and stopping child sexual assault
Statistics show that approximately one out of every 10 children will be sexually abused before they reach their 18th birthday. That is an astounding statistic. Even more shocking is the fact that approximately 90% of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser.
It is vital the parents and guardians, as well as other adults in a child’s life, recognize these following signs of child sexual assault:
Pain, bleeding, or discoloration around the genitals, anus, or mouth
Persistent or recurring pain during bowel movements or urination
Unexplained bruises on the body
Sudden behavioral changes: Any sudden behavioral changes should be viewed with suspicion. This can include:
Nightmares or other sleep problems
Sudden mood swings
Adult-like behaviors, knowledge, or language
Anxiety, fear, or rage
Interest in sexual topics: If a child suddenly develops an interest in sexual topics beyond what would be considered ordinary for their age, this could be a sign that they have been sexually assaulted. This could be a way for them to process what has happened to them.
Hygiene changes: Victims of sexual assault may have sudden changes in hygienic behavior. This could include:
a refusal to bathe
wearing dirty clothes
wanting to bathe in their clothes
Reverting to old behaviors: When it comes to sexual assault of younger children, parents and guardians should lookout for a reversion to outgrown behaviors. This could include thumb sucking and bedwetting. Younger children often do not have the words or ability to express what has happened to them, so adults may have to interpret these behavioral changes.
We can help you get through this
If your child has been the victim of sexual assault, you need to speak to a skilled attorney as soon as possible. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are dedicated to helping sexual assault victims secure the compensation they are entitled to. We will investigate your claims and work to secure the following compensation on your behalf:
Pain and suffering damages
Loss enjoyment of life damages
Lost wages and benefits (if applicable)
Compensation for needed counseling
We will even work to secure punitive damages against those responsible for the sexual assault or a coverup of the sexual assault. When you need a Philadelphia sexual abuse attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 866-597-8572.