Pennsylvania Child Abuse Attorneys
Your primary concern as a parent is the safety of your child – in all circumstances. When someone intentionally harms your child, especially sexual abuse, you want swift punishment for those who could commit such an unspeakable act. The sexual abuse lawyers in Pennsylvania at Console & Hollawell understand your rage, and in our efforts to help you obtain vindication for your child, have compiled some simple steps to help you along the way. If your child is suffering, we want to help you obtain maximum compensation for the harm visited upon them by another.
The effects of sexual abuse on a child can lead to wild changes in mood and unpredictable behavior. In essence, the abuse changes who your child is on a basic level, and places huge roadblocks in the way of forming healthy relationships.
Child Sexual Abuse Statistics in Pennsylvania
One in four girls and one in seven boys experiences sexual victimization before they turn 18 years old, according to Turning Point Services. In Pennsylvania, there were 3,555 victims of some form of child abuse or neglect in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Data shows that 66 percent of those children abused in Pennsylvania during 2010 were girls. Each victim has the right to pursue compensation from those who committed these atrocities as well as the organizations that allowed the abuse to take place.
Symptoms of Childhood Sexual Abuse
• Unexplained mood swings or agitation
• Secretive behavior or extreme withdrawal from relationships
• Low self-esteem
• Lack of emotional attachments to parents or friends
• Avoids certain people for no obvious reason
• Trouble walking or sitting
• Displays inappropriate adult behavior
• Suicide attempts
• Emotional reactions to any physical contact
• Self-harming behavior (cutting, drawn to dangerous situations)
Maintaining a close relationship with your child is important for catching the early-warning signs of abuse. Remember, being a vigilant parent could save your child a lifetime of emotional distress.
Knowing Where to Turn to Get Help
At Console & Hollawell, all of our experienced personal injury attorneys are parents. We feel the pain of a child victimized by sexual abuse as keenly as we would if it had been our own children. Holding those who commit these heinous acts as well as the organizations they hide behind accountable for the pain and suffering they cause is our mission.
Our attorneys don’t believe your ability to pay for legal help should determine whether or not you file a claim. That’s why we never charge a fee for our services unless we obtain compensation for your personal injury claim. If your child was the victim of sexual abuse, you have every right to file a claim for compensation against those who contributed to the offense. A settlement can pay for your child’s medical expenses, related damages, and serve as a deterrent to those who might abuse children in the future.
If you believe your child has been abused, please call our attorneys today at (800) 455-2746. The call is free, and we’ll never share your personal information.