Child sexual abuse is traumatic and always requires professional help. Not only do children need to seek medical care to address physical damages and the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases, but abused children also need to immediately talk with mental health professionals who have experience in child sexual abuse. It is critical that children who are sexually abused go through therapy in order to reduce the consequences of sexual abuse.
According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, “therapy has been shown to successfully reduce distress in families and the effects of sexual abuse on children.” It is important for a child who has gone through such a traumatic experience to learn how to deal with what happened and how to start healing as quickly as possible.
Additionally, a therapist may encourage the family of the sexually abused child to attend counseling sessions since the abuse could affect everyone in the family. Parents may blame themselves for not stopping the abuse or not knowing that it was occurring. When parents are eaten up with guilt and anger after a situation like this, they may start having problems sleeping, working, and with relationships.
Child sexual abuse in Florida has torn many families apart. For this reason, a qualified therapist who has experience working with sexually abused children and families should be seen so that your family can work through this very difficult time together and allow healing to begin.
It is critical to your child’s mental health and to your potential legal case that your child starts counseling right away. Don’t delay seeking professional help for your child just because you aren’t sure who your child should see. Experienced Sarasota child abuse attorneys know therapists who are qualified and could start counseling sessions with your son or daughter immediately.
If you don’t know what counselor to go to, please call the Mallard Perez at 888-409-3805. In addition to helping you find the best therapist for your specific case, we can also make sure you don’t make any mistakes along the way that would ruin your legal case, such as waiting too long to seek therapy. Also, we will provide you with a free copy of our book When the Unthinkable Happens: Your Guide to Florida Child Abuse Claims.