Childhood Sexual Abuse is Not Just Physical
Childhood sexual abuse is not just physical, as is commonly believed. Those who commit sexual abuse employ a range of methods to exploit their victims and harm them.

In the section below, our experienced trial attorneys discuss how childhood sexual abuse can take many forms other than physical.

Non-Physical Forms of Childhood Sexual Abuse

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), childhood sexual abuse includes any completed or attempted sexual act, sexual contact with, or exploitation of a child by a caregiver.

Physical forms of childhood sexual abuse may include, but are not limited to:

  • Completed or attempted sex acts
  • Abusive sexual touching

The following non-physical forms of childhood sexual abuse may also be committed by perpetrators:

  • Threatening or harassing behavior
  • Being forced to view pornography
  • Photographing sexual images

Reporting Sexual Abuse

In order to protect your young relatives, you should be aware of the warning signs of childhood sexual abuse and how to report it. Red flags of abuse include, but are not limited to:

  • An increase in emotional withdrawal, anxiety, or depression
  • Bruising or swelling around the genital area, particularly if it’s unrelated to injury or illness
  • A reluctance to be left alone with a particular person

Take steps to remove the child from the company of the suspected abuser if you think a child close to you is being abused. Then, report the abuse to your state’s proper authorities.

At the Law Offices of Mark Yablonovich, we have the experience and resources needed to help you file a sexual abuse claim and seek justice against your or your relative’s abuser. Contact the Law Offices of Mark Yablonovich today at (866) 306-4228 to schedule a confidential consultation with our team.

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