Sexual Abuse Lawyer Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
Sexual abuse is a crime, but it’s also a civil tort. As the victim of sexual abuse or the parent of a victim, you have the power to take the offender to civil court during an ongoing criminal investigation or trial. While a criminal charge will result in a conviction, a civil charge can lead to financial compensation for the victim’s medical bills, emotional pain, mental anguish, physical pain, and other losses. The attorneys at DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC are here to walk sexual abuse victims or parents of child victims through the civil claims process in Riverside or San Bernardino, and to do everything they can to bring the offender to justice.
How to Detect Child Sexual Abuse
Many of the sexual abuse clients we’ve represented have been parents of young children and teenager victims. Child sexual abuse is more rampant than most parents realize. About one in 10 children have experienced sexual abuse before they turn 18. The real number is likely higher, as many cases of child sexual abuse go unreported. Sexual abuse can occur at school, church, and even family and friends’ houses. It is up to parents to learn the common signs of child sexual abuse, and to take action to prevent and stop it. Some warning signs are as follows:
- Genital injuries, such as bleeding, bruising, or swelling
- Bloody or stained undergarments
- Trouble walking or sitting
- Changes in hygiene, sleeping patterns, or behaviors
- Loss of interest in favorite hobbies or activities
- Changes in appetite
- Sudden nightmares, bed-wetting, or regression
- Drop in grades or school performance
- Self-harm, depression, or suicidal thoughts
- Shrinking away from physical contact
- Age-inappropriate knowledge of sex or sexual acts
While the presence of one or two of these signs might not mean sexual abuse, it may be cause for investigation. Start a conversation with your child, and probe for hints about sexual abuse. If you suspect sexual abuse, report it immediately to authorities. Tell your child you are getting help. As soon as you want or are able, call a personal injury attorney for a consultation. Our firm has experience handling child sexual abuse claims, and may be able to help your family during this dark time.
Trusted Local Sexual Abuse Attorneys
The team at DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC have decades of experience dealing with violent crimes and sexual abuse cases. We’ve represented individuals and families as well as children and adults. It is our mission to fight for the greatest possible settlement or verdict possible. We achieve outstanding results through our hard work and dedication to justice. Large insurance companies or corporations do not intimidate our attorneys. Our firm has a big-league track record, and the resources to take your sexual abuse claim where it needs to go.
We offer free, completely confidential case evaluations over the phone or in-person at our local office. Everything you say to us during this meeting is in total confidence. You are under no obligation to retain our firm after your consultation. You will get to speak with one of our top-rated attorneys about your situation and discover your rights as a victim in California. Schedule yours today. Call (855) 946-6464 or submit our online contact form.