There are many warning signs that someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse. Being able to identify behaviors that might suggest sexual abuse could help you put a stop to it. Continue reading to learn more about the red flags you should be aware of and what steps you can take to put a stop to suspected sexual abuse.
Some of the most frequently seen signs that someone is suffering from sexual abuse include the following:
- Engaging in self-harm
- Increased promiscuity
- Depression and anxiety
- Disgust at human contact (such as flinching when you attempt a hug)
- Sudden changes in diet, including lack of appetite or overeating
- Feelings of guilt
- Explosions of anger
- Developing a negative self-image
This is by no means an exhaustive list of warning signs of sexual abuse. Noticing just one of these behaviors isn’t necessarily indicative of sexual abuse, either. However, if you see several of these signs, you might need to take action.
What to Do if You Suspect Sexual Abuse
If you believe your child or a loved one may be experiencing sexual abuse, you can get in touch with the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center hotline and discuss your concerns with a skilled child services advocate, who can help determine what your first steps should be.
At this point, many people choose to retain the assistance of a sexual abuse lawyer who has experience in handling sex abuse cases. We will be able to follow the authorities’ investigation and begin collecting necessary evidence that can only help you should the time come for a civil case against the perpetrator.
Call an Illinois Sexual Abuse Lawyer
When you suspect sexual abuse, you may be unsure of where to turn, but you know you must do your part in putting a stop to it. After you’ve contacted the proper authorities, call a Lane & Lane, LLC sexual abuse lawyer.
We’ll work to hold the abuser accountable in civil court. You can schedule a free consultation with one of our qualified attorneys by filling out the form below or giving us a call at 312-332-1400.