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Childhood Sexual Abuse is Not Just Physical

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Contrary to popular belief, childhood sexual abuse is not just physical. Sexual abusers use a variety of methods to exploit their victims and commit their crimes.

Below, our Los Angeles trial attorneys discuss the non-physical forms of childhood sexual abuse.

Non-Physical Forms of Childhood Sexual Abuse

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), childhood sexual abuse encompasses any completed or attempted sexual act, sexual contact with, or exploitation of a child by a caregiver.

Physical forms of childhood sexual abuse may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Completed or attempted sex acts
  • Abusive sexual touching

Aside from physical forms of childhood sexual abuse, perpetrators may also commit the following non-physical acts:

  • Sexual harassment or threats
  • Forced exposure to pornography
  • Taking sexual images

How to Report Sexual Abuse

It’s important for you to identify the warning signs of childhood sexual abuse and know how to report it in order to protect your young relatives. The red flags of abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sudden increases in emotional withdrawal, anxiety, or depression
  • Unexplained bruising or swelling, particularly around the genital area
  • An unwillingness to be left alone with a particular person

If you suspect a child close to you is experiencing abuse, do what you can to remove them from the company of the suspected abuser. Then, report the abuse to your state’s proper authorities.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we have the experience and resources needed to help you file a sexual abuse claim and seek justice against your perpetrators. Our Los Angeles trial attorneys have a proven track record of winning multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for clients, and we’re prepared to fight for you, too.

Don’t spend another second in silence. Contact Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP today at (866) 634-4525 to schedule a confidential consultation with our team.