What are the warning signs of Child Sexual Abuse by a Coach?

Most children are abused by someone they know and trust, according to the American Psychological Association. An estimated 60% of perpetrators are known to the child but not family members: family friends, babysitters, child care providers, neighbors or even coaches.

Vigilant parenting is the first line of defense in preventing abuse, experts say.  Therefore, it is essential to recognize the red flags that should lead to further investigation.

  • An increase in nightmares and/or other sleeping difficulties
  • Angry outbursts
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Pregnancy or contraction of a venereal disease, particularly if under age of 14
  • Propensity to run away
  • Refusal to change for gym or to participate in physical activities
  • Regressive behaviors depending on their age (e.g., return to thumb-sucking or bed-wetting)
  • Reluctance to be left alone with a particular person or people
  • Sexual knowledge, language, and/or behaviors that are unusual and inappropriate for their age
  • Is unduly protective of the child or severely limits the child’s contact with other children, especially those of the opposite sex
  • Is secretive and isolated
  • Describes marital difficulties involving sexual relations or family power stuggles

One of the hardest things for parents to discover is that their child may have sexually harmed or abused another child. In this situation, denial, shock and anger are normal reactions.  If it is not responded to quickly and sensitively, the effect on the victim and the whole family can be devastating.  For this reason, it is vital to contact an attorney immediately that will advocate on your behalf.  Abuse claims have time sensitive filling restrictions, so please do not hesitate to call immediately to ensure that your legal rights are preserved.

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