In many cases of sexual abuse, the victims are among the most vulnerable members of society.
The following are places and situations where sexual abuse can occur and what you can do if you suspect it.
Sexual Abuse: An Everyday Crime
In most sexual abuse or assault cases, the perpetrator is close to the victim. The abuser knows the victim can be taken advantage of and uses a trusting relationship to confuse the victim and make it less likely they will report a crime or file a lawsuit.
The following are examples of relationships that sexual abusers manipulate to commit their crimes:
- Parent and child
- Teacher and student
- Doctor and patient
- Coach and player
- Religious worker and churchgoer
As a result, sex abuse can occur in a private residence or a public place, such as a school, hospital, or church.
How to Identify Sexual Abuse
Since sexual abuse is so prevalent, it’s essential to recognize the warning signs and report it as soon as possible.
These are some of the warning signs of abuse:
- A sudden change in behavior, such as emotional withdrawal, anxiety, or depression
- An unusual bruising or swelling of the genital area
- A reluctance to be left alone with a particular person
You should notify your state’s appropriate authorities if you suspect abuse. In California, this would include any police department or sheriff’s department, the county probation office, or the county welfare office.
Did you Experience Sexual Abuse as a Child? We’re Here to Help.
Our team is here to help if you have experienced childhood sexual abuse and would like to seek justice. You now have more time to come forward following the extension of California’s statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse. We are also here if you have experienced any other form of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual assault as a child or adult.
We’re here to listen to your story and help walk you through the process. Contact the Law Offices of Mark Yablonovich today at (888) 306-4228 to schedule a confidential consultation with our team.