Sexual abuse is one of the most heinous crimes against children. Many different terms are used to describe sexual abuse including molestation, rape, and assault, but not all sexual abuse involves touching or sexual contact. Using children to film pornography or indecent exposure of genitals to a child are also forms of sexual abuse.
Every parent’s nightmare is that their child falls victim to a sexual predator. To prevent sexual abuse from happening, parents must be vigilant in monitoring their children’s activities and who their children spend time with.
It is important to investigate an organization or activity before signing up. Ask if there is a policy against a child being left alone with a single adult. This should never be the case. Show up to observe activities and make your presence known as predators often target lonely and seemingly neglected children.
Be wary of adults that exhibit tendencies of wanting to spend time alone with a child. They may claim to be nurturing a special relationship, but it is also a sign of predatory grooming. Adults who break household rules such as giving candy against the parents’ wishes or letting a child have fun doing things that are not allowed in secret are also creating situations that no one is supposed to know about. Your child should always be able to tell you everything with full trust. Open lines of communication are crucial to being able to protect your child.
A child who is being abused may exhibit signs of stress, however, sudden changes of behavior could also be due to other sources such as a death in the family, divorce, or other anxiety inducing event. If your child shows more than one or many of the following signs, you should talk to your child and investigate further.
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A child can never consent to sexual activity. Filing a civil claim may seem as if it prolongs the trauma for the victim, but in fact holding abusers accountable can be a healing process. It puts the power back in the victim’s court and shows they are not helpless.
The dedicated Delaware sexual abuse lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. have helped many victims of sexual abuse obtain justice and compensation. Contact us online or call 302-656-5445 to schedule a confidential consultation about your case or contact us online. We represent clients in Wilmington, Georgetown, Dover, and throughout Delaware.