Your first two immediate priorities, if you have not done so already, is to notify the police and get your child the medical attention they will need to help with their physical and emotional recovery.
Your child looks up to you so one of the best things you can do is listen to them, let them know you believe everything they say and assure them that they are in no way to blame. Most importantly, reach out for help:
- It is important to continue to get medical support after your initial visit and keep open communication with doctors. Following up is important. Continue to ask any questions you have, including what to expect, new behaviors you are concerned about and any other questions you have. A doctor can provide referrals to other appropriate medical and mental-health specialists.
- Seek mental health experts and talk with them about your child’s recover. In addition to working with your child, they can guide you on the support your child might need, any behaviors that might be expected and others to be concerned about.
- Talk with the school so the necessary staff is aware of the assault. This includes the teacher, as well as the nurse, school psychologist, guidance counselor and principal. Behavioral issues and problems at school are common for sexual abuse survivors. While you don’t have to go into all the painful details of your child’s sexual abuse, it is important to keep the lines of communication open with teachers and other care providers. They may be the first to spot potential issues that aren’t obvious at home.
- Look to family and friends for emotional support. Being the victim of a sexual assault is a truly traumatic experience. Close family and friends can help victims get through the challenging times that often follow an assault.
- There are many organizations that can help, including RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) and Safe Horizon.
- Talk to an experienced sexual abuse lawyer. In addition to criminal charges, assault victims can bring about civil lawsuits against the assailant as well as any other party that might share some responsibility for the attack. In addition to getting what may be needed compensation to pay medical bills and continue with counseling for as long as necessary, a lawsuit can help a victim feel a sense of closure and a sense of winning back from their attacker. However, lawsuits may not be right in every situation. It is best to talk with a lawyer to take your family situation and what is best for your child into account.
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At Goldstein and Bashner, we have extensive experience in dealing with sexual assault cases in the New York and Long Island areas. We have helped to serve victims as both a close companion and as competent legal advisers. We have helped numerous assault victims overcome the terrible wrong doings that they have had to encounter. In doing so, we have assisted victims in recovering monetary compensation for the physical and emotional injuries that they may have sustained. If you or somebody you care for has been the victim of a sexual assault, please contact our sexual assault lawyers at 516-222-4000 for a free consultation.
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