Long Island lawyer: What to do if you suspect your child has been sexually abused

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What do you do if you suspect your child is being sexually abused? Here are some signs to look for, but it is important to remember that children will only show some of these signs, and that these signs are only possible indicators of abuse.

  • Changes in behavior, including withdrawal, fearfulness and discipline issues.
  • Change in eating habits
  • Difficulty sleeping and nightmares.
  • Regressive behavior, such as thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, excessive crying and clingyness.
  • Problems at school and change in academic performance
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Genital discomfort, bleeding, irritation, redness, discharge or signs of a sexually transmitted disease
  • Depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide.
  • Inappropriate sexual development or behavior
  • Fear of a specific person or being left with someone such as a babysitter, relatives, nanny or day care worker.

What should I do if I suspect?

It is devastating to imagine an innocent child as the victim of sexual abuse, and if you suspect your child is being abused, it is important to stay calm and act rationally. Report the crime immediately and get help for your child and yourself. If your child confides in you, let them know that you believe them. Reassure your child that they have done the right thing in telling you and that it is not their fault. Let them know you love them.

How We Can Help

At Goldstein & Bashner, our New York and Long Island sexual abuse lawyers have extensive experience in dealing these cases and are sensitive to the fear, confusion, embarrassment and pain young victims of sexual abuse are experiencing. We have helped work with the entire family as both a close companion and as competent legal advisers. We put all our efforts in collecting the compensation deserved for the physical and emotional injuries these young, innocent victims have suffered. Contact us for a free, private consultation. We will answer all your questions, discuss your case and let you know what you can expect from the legal process.

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