Close Window

Listen carefully to what your children aren't saying

As a parent, you dedicate yourself to protecting your children. From the time they are young, you teach your kids not to talk to strangers, comfort them when someone bullies them and kiss their owies when they get hurt playing.

When it comes to leaving your children in the care of another adult, you choose wisely - allowing only people you trust to be alone with your kids. But no matter how hard you try to do what is right for your children, you could unknowingly put them in harm's way. But how do you recognize the signs of abuse?

Children's behaviors may indicate sexual abuse

Unfortunately, sexual abuse is all too common among those who you might trust with your children. News reports often cover abusive activity in daycare centers, churches and schools.

But children do not always report maltreatment. Some children are too young to inform you about what is happening. Others may feel shame or fear punishment for telling a secret.

Although children do not always communicate trauma, they typically exhibit signs that something is not right. Some of the behaviors which could indicate sexual abuse in children include:

  • Bed wetting
  • Thumb sucking
  • Nightmares
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Hesitation when you leave them with caregivers

If your children express concerns about their ability to trust you, it may suggest someone is grooming them for continued abusive activity through threats, lies and blame. And if you notice signs of physical trauma, remove your children from others' care and seek help immediately.

Encouraging your children to draw, play or talk with you can provide insight into what is going on when they are not in your presence. And through the help of licensed professionals, you can fight to hold abusers accountable while beginning the healing process for your children.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Get In Touch

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Our Locations

Harrisburg Office
111 N Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: 717-686-9936
Fax: 717-525-9143
Harrisburg Law Office Map

West Coast Office
7150 East Camelback Road
Suite 444
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Map & Directions

We Will Travel To Our Clients In Any State In The U.S.

National Location Information

*Our Attorneys are Licensed in PA and AZ, Affiliated with Local Counsel Across the Country.