Know the Signs of Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse of childrenChild Sexual Grooming Lawyer Cindra Dowd is an abominable practice that scars children with painful trauma they have to carry for the rest of their lives. The adults who prey on vulnerable youth utilize certain methods to gain the trust of the child and their parents. These methods contain patterns of behavior that are similar among sex-offenders. Knowing the signs of abuse and being able to recognize the patterns of behavior can be crucial in saving children from the abhorrent trauma that abuse entails.

Often child predators will undertake grooming practices to gain the child and the child’s family’s trust. These practices may not be obvious and they may not seem inappropriate. These practices can include:

  • An adult seems overly interested in a child
  • An adult becomes fixated on a child
  • An adult frequently initiates or creates opportunities to be alone with a child (or multiple children).
  • An adult gives special privileges to a child (e.g., rides to and from practices, etc.).
  • An adult befriends a family and shows more interest in building a relationship with the child than with the adults

How to Keep Your Child Safe from Predators

  1. Recognize that most child predators are people you or your child already know. 90% of the time the child knows the predator in some way. It could be your child’s coach, teacher, family member, or trusted friend.
  2. Be suspicious of adults who try to spend time alone with your child. Adults who make an effort to be alone with your child, or shower them with gifts,  or speak of having a “special relationship” with your child are the ones you should be especially worried about.
  3. Teach your child “NO – GO – TELL”  Teach your child to say no to sexual advances. No means saying no to sexual advances. Go means to get away as quickly as possible. Tell means to tell someone immediately about what’s happening.

Child Sex Abuse in the News

Epstein & Maxwell’s Child Grooming

There have been many significant incidents of child predators in the news recently. The biggest being the Jeffery Epstein case. Epstein and his then-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell used child grooming practices to sexually abuse underage girls. Maxwell has recently been arrested and is charged with allegedly recruiting and grooming underage girls for abuse by Epstein.

Clergy & Priest Child Sexual Abuse

This sexual abuse has also recently been highlighted as more and more Catholic priests are found guilty of sexually assaulting minors. The problem in the catholic church is rampant with one report finding that some 11,000 allegations have been made against 4,392 priests in just the United States. An Associated Press investigation found that almost 1,700 priests and clergy accused of sex abuse are unsupervised, working as teachers, coaches, and counselors, and living near playgrounds.

Sexual Abuse in Schools

Reports of sexual abuse in schools are also on the rise. Less than half of the states in the U.S. require the teaching of consent in schools. Young students deserve to be educated on how to protect themselves from sexual predators especially when they are enrolled in institutions that may unknowingly employ predators.

Child Sex Abuse Attorney Cindra Dowd

Cindra M. DowdAttorney Cindra Dowd has successfully settled claims on behalf of individuals that have been sexually harassed or assaulted. Having a dedicated and experienced litigator on your side can help you gain back what you have lost.

“Many people feel confused and helpless.  They don’t know what to do and feel that they have no choice but to endure the situation. I have been working with victims for years to protect their rights and obtain compensation for the wrong they have suffered.”

Call today to set up a confidential consultation and begin exploring your options. These consultations are free and no-risk, giving victims the power to pursue justice if they desire.