Manly & Stewart Articles The Damage of Child Sexual Abuse

The Damage of Child Sexual Abuse

By Manly & Stewart  Feb. 9, 2012 4:37p

Children are not equipped to handle sexual abuse. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, even small children with no sexual awareness will suffer psychological damage from repeated sexual stimulation. Children who are sexually abused will often become withdrawn, develop feelings of worthlessness, low self-esteem, and a lingering distrust of adults. When the abuse comes at the hands of a family member or trusted authority figure, such as a priest, teacher, or coach, the child can become confused, conflicted, and unable to cope with the situation.

Damage caused by sexual abuse can extend to suicidal thoughts and tendencies, nightmares, inability to sleep, depression, aggression, inability to go to school or study, extreme secretiveness, and other strange or unexplained behavior. Often, the child will feel guilty about the abuse. In many cases, the child’s only defense is to try to psychologically bury the memories of such traumatic incidents in an effort to escape them.

California Sexual Abuse Attorney

If you are the parent of a child who has suffered sexual abuse, your first priority will be to get your child the medical and psychological help he or she needs to deal with the situation. Following that, you will no doubt wish to prosecute the offender who has brought such harm to your child and your family. At the law firm of Manly & Stewart, you will find a dedicated and tenacious legal advocate. Led by California sexual abuse lawyer John Manly, the legal team at the firm has been a driving force in the prosecution of sexual abuse offenders in California, Alaska, New York, South Dakota, and Connecticut.

Few attorneys or law firms have the credentials, experience, and passionate commitment to their clients that this one provides. They will work zealously to help you seek full and fair compensation for damages through civil litigation in a child sexual abuse case.

Contact a California child sexual abuse attorney at the firm today.

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