Sexual abuse does not always start when an individual is sexually active. Most childhood trauma comes from abuse, unfortunately this includes sexual abuse. This can happen to anyone from anyone at any time in our lives. Having this knowledge, it is important to understand what sexual abuse is and who could potentially commit this offense. Having this knowledge will make you or your loved ones more aware of things that go on around them and what to do to prevent them. Children are more likely to be abused sexually because they are more vulnerable and often times left under the supervision of other people. In most cases this is a person we trust. This can be a child care facility employee, family member, or very close friends. In many cases the victim of sexual abuse is afraid to speak up because they are embarrassed. Some children do not tell their parents because they are afraid as well. This is why it is important for parents to understand what a child may experience and what signs to be aware of if their children do not come forward about sexual abuse.
Physical abuse in almost every case is the most helpful. This is hard-core proof that some form of abuse happened. In sexual abuse cases there may be bruising on different body parts but be mindful of the private areas of the child. Children can produce sexually transmitted diseases and there may be indications that there was sexual activity that took place.
Emotional behavior is sometimes very obvious. This may be hard because children go through so many different things and this does not always mean there was sexual abuse however, should your child have a change in their behavior be sure to take note of this and ask questions. While they may not come forward voluntarily by you noticing the change they may be more comfortable with being honest about what they have experienced.
Unfortunately these are very difficult situations to prove, sometimes there is no physical evidence, and sometimes there is no evidence at all. However should you or someone you know be a victim of sexual abuse be sure to contact a personal injury attorney to assist you in proving what happened. The proper attorney will be able to investigate the situation and either evidence that proves your child was indeed a victim of sexual abuse. Contact personal injury attorneys in Atlanta, GA as soon as possible.
Thanks to Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into personal injury claims and sexual abuse.