Trusting another person with your children is never easy. You interview prospective babysitters, research day care centers and ask other parents what they think of a particular school or district. Confident in your final choice, you drop off your children and drive away, entrusting their care to a responsible, trustworthy adult—or so you hope.
Slowly, you start noticing peculiar changes in your child. Perhaps she no longer likes going to school. Maybe he seems entirely too interested in his private area. You start to worry. Is something wrong? Is your child being abused? How can you tell?
A young child might not be able to verbalize to you exactly what happened, but he or she may very well exhibit some of the warning signs. Here are red flags that your child might be the victim of sexual abuse:
- Regressing to behaviors that he or she previously outgrew (bedwetting, for example)
- Unusually clingy, withdrawn or secretive
- Outbursts of anger or mood swings
- Inability to sleep or frequent nightmares
- Sudden, unexplainable fear of a certain place or person
- New words for adult terms or actions that he or she should not know
- Acting out inappropriately with toys or other children
If your child has been the victim of sexual assault in Pennsylvania, he or she may suffer for years with issues of insecurity, fear and more. You don’t have to fight this ongoing battle on your own. Our Harrisburg sexual assault attorneys can help you recoup damages to afford the resources necessary to make your child’s future brighter. For more information, fill out our online contact form or start an online chat with one of our representatives.