Do You Believe Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused at an El Paso Daycare?
The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas estimate that 26% of all child abusers are non-relatives previously known to the child. This means that nearly a third of child molesters are people in the community your child may interact with every day, including a percentage of teachers, babysitters, coaches, pastors, youth group leaders, and other childcare staff. While the vast majority of these childcare providers are reliable professionals who serve the best interests of their community, thousands of children in El Paso Texas have been affected by daycare sexual abuse.
If you suspect your child has been sexually abused at their daycare center, it is important to act immediately in the best interests of your child. If you have questions regarding your legal options, contact a child injury lawyer to review your case.Has Your Child Exhibited Signs of Sexual Abuse?
Many children who have experienced sexual trauma exhibit dramatic physical and emotional symptoms. Because young children may have difficulty expressing their experiences or may have been threatened by their abuser, parents and guardians may be left questioning why their child has suddenly changed their behavior or personality.
If your child begins to exhibit the following behavioral changes or physical symptoms, contact a childcare professional.
- Sudden aggression
- Withdrawn from socialization
- Memory loss
- Fear of attending daycare
- Genital bleeding or soreness
- Nightmares, night terrors, and/or trouble sleeping
- Development of STDs
- Unusual clinginess and attention-seeking behaviors
- Anxiety or depression
No two child will experience the same symptoms to sexual abuse, so it is important to note any behavioral changes specific to your child. Additionally, it is important to let your child know that they are free to express their experience to you if and when they are ready. Seeking the help of a childcare professional or psychologist may help you to determine the extent of your child’s abuse and the responsible parties.What to Do If Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused at Daycare
Do you believe your child has been sexually abused at an El Paso daycare? If so, you likely have many questions regarding what steps to take to protect the best interests of your child. You and your family are not alone; nearly 1 in 10 Texas children will experience some form of sexual abuse before their eighteenth birthday, leaving thousands of families statewide searching for answers.
As a parent or legal guardian, it is your right according to state law to pursue your case to the full extent of the law. In the aftermath of daycare sexual abuse, parents and guardians should:
- Collect any relevant documentation (expert testimonies, witness accounts, etc.)
- Find a qualified El Paso child abuse attorney
- Decide whether to pursue criminal or civil charges
- Determine the full extent of your family’s physical, emotional, and financial damages
- File your daycare sexual abuse lawsuit and seek justice for your child
- Hold those responsible for your child’s sexual abuse legally and financially accountable
Hiring the right child injury attorney can make all the difference in your daycare injury lawsuit. The team of child abuse attorneys at Carabin Shaw have specialty practice areas in child injury law as well as thirty years of practical experience representing the rights of sexual trauma victims statewide. With our client-first approach, we are dedicated to representing the best interests of victims of daycare sexual abuse.
Would you like to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation case review with one of our experienced sexual abuse lawyers in El Paso? If so, call our office toll-free at 800-862-1260 to speak with our team of English and Spanish-speaking staff, day or night. Our child injury attorneys are committed to ensuring you and your child see the justice you deserve.