Do You Suspect Child Sexual Abuse?
Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Lawyers Can Help You Seek Justice
Parents and guardians of children fear for their safety in all aspects of life. It is parental instinct to want to protect your child from danger. Unfortunately, parents cannot always protect their children from every possible harm, and unspeakable crimes are often committed against the most innocent in our society. You never want to suspect that your child might have been the victim of sexual abuse. Yet, despite the horrors, child molestation is a very real occurrence. However, you can seek justice and keep this from happening to your child and others. With the help of Pennsylvania sexual assault lawyers from our firm, you can hold the perpetrator or the institution for whom the perpetrator works accountable and have them punished by the legal system.
The Pennsylvania sexual abuse lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. stand ready to help. Our firm understands how difficult this time is for you and your family. It is our goal to take some of that stress from you and do what we can to help begin the healing process. That process includes taking the perpetrator and others to court for what they have done. We have a proven success record of victories for sexual assault victims and understand how to try complex and sensitive cases. Though our firm is based in Philadelphia, we take on child sexual abuse cases across the country. Our team knows what it takes to see that justice is served. We want to help give you and your child some sense of closure in a painful episode in your lives. Let us handle the legal end of things, while you take care of what is most important — your child’s recovery.
What Is Considered Child Sexual Abuse in Pennsylvania?
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) defines child sexual abuse as when a perpetrator intentionally harms a minor physically, psychologically, sexually or through acts of neglect. Child sexual abuse is defined as child abuse that involves sexual activity with a minor. Additionally, child sexual abuse does not necessarily have to include physical contact between the perpetrator and child. Examples of child sexual abuse may include:
- Exhibitionism (exposing one’s self to a minor), fondling or intercourse
- Masturbation in the presence of a minor, or forcing a minor to masturbate
- Obscene phone calls, text messages or digital interaction of any kind
- Producing, owning or sharing pornographic movies or images of children
- Sex of any kind with a minor
- Engaging in sexual trafficking
- Any sexual conduct harmful to a child’s mental, emotional or physical welfare.
Pennsylvania law states that child sexual abuse can also occur because of neglect. If someone fails to prevent known sexual abuse, then they can also be charged and held responsible. For further information, consult with our Pennsylvania sexual abuse lawyers.
What Are the Signs of Child Sexual Abuse?
RAINN states that 93% of sexual abuse victims under the age of 18 know their abuser. The perpetrator is not always necessarily an adult, either. He or she might be an older sibling, another family member, teacher, coach, playmate, caretaker or the parent of another child. Often times, the perpetrator holds a position of authority over the victim, making the child’s sexual abuse a violation of trust and authority as well as a physical violation.
Physical warning signs of child sexual abuse include:
- Bleeding, bruises and swelling in genital areas
- Bloody, torn or stained underclothes
- Difficulty walking or sitting
- Frequent urinary or yeast infections
- Pain, itching or burning in genital areas
Behavioral warning signs of child sexual abuse include:
- Hygiene changes (refusing to bathe or excessively bathing)
- Developments of phobias, signs of depression, suicidal thoughts or post-traumatic stress disorder
- Trouble in school, self-harm and running away from home or school
- Inappropriate sexual knowledge or behaviors
- Nightmares, bedwetting, or regressive behaviors (such as thumb-sucking)
- Overly concerned and protective of siblings
- Shrinks away or appears to be threatened by physical contact
Call for a Free Consultation With Our Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Lawyers
In the aftermath of discovering child sexual abuse, you might feel as if your world is falling apart. You might not know who to trust. Know that our Pennsylvania sexual abuse lawyers want to help in whatever way we can. We understand that your trust has been violated and that the abuse your child has suffered could have long-lasting repercussions on his or her life. Our child sexual abuse law firm will work to repair the damage and hold the perpetrator and others accountable.
Call us for a free and confidential consultation at (215)774-3230 or contact us online to see how we can aid in your recovery.