Erring on the Side of Caution When Caring for a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse
While any sexual abuse survivor needs help and understanding during recovery, children can be especially vulnerable after trauma because they can’t always:
- Report their symptoms
- Ask for what they need
- Talk through complex feelings
- Identify the source of their troubles
This means that parents and caretakers have to take the time to think through a lot of difficult care decisions. While you don’t want to overwhelm your child with medical visits, counseling sessions, and potentially “triggering” situations, it is important to err on the side of caution before ruling out treatment options. Keep in mind that:
- Children often take longer to speak up about sexual abuse.
- The doctors and therapists caring for your child need special training and skills.
- Physical symptoms and emotional trauma may not always be obvious or apparent.
- Careful follow-up care gives your child the best chance to recover fully.
- Some children struggle with physical, emotional, and sexual issues into adulthood.
If your child has survived sexual abuse at the hands of a trusted adult at school, work, or play, he or she may struggle with the effects for years to come—and sometimes into adulthood. As a parent, you know you need to put a lot of thought and care into helping your child recover, but it isn’t always easy to know what to do or how to get started. Talking with one of our experienced attorneys can help you understand your legal rights, plan for your child’s long-term care, and give your family the tools it needs to recover from a traumatic event. Learn more today by calling 312-332-1400.