Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Child sex abuse is a disturbingly common problem in the Kansas City metro area. Child molestation cases are often underreported but an estimated 9 percent of all substantiated child abuse and neglect cases involve sexual abuse, according to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System.
Although studies on child molesters vary in their findings, most studies indicate that children are more likely to be sexually abused by individuals they know, such as family members or neighbors. According to the American Psychological Association, sexual abuse perpetrated by strangers or women is not nearly as common as sexual abuse inflicted by males the children already know.
The Missouri law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., handles sexual abuse cases involving children molested by neighbors. It is rare that a child predator only targets one child, so exercising your legal rights can help prevent other children from being harmed. Additionally, our attorneys can help you sue any individual or entity which had the power to stop your child's sexual abuse but failed to do so.
To arrange your free consultation, call us at 888-353-0491 or send us an email.
Signs Your Child Is Being Abused By A Neighbor
There is no single way that a child can react to sexual abuse but there are several potential warning signs that sexual abuse is occurring.
Child molestation signs in younger children can include:
- A regression to younger behaviors such as bedwetting or thumb sucking
- Mimicking sexual behaviors with toys such as stuffed animals
- New words for private body parts
- Resisting being unclothed at normal times such as bed or bath time
Signs that an older child has been sexually assaulted can include:
- Suicide attempts
- Intimacy issues
- Drug use
- Sexual promiscuity
- Alcohol abuse
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Self cutting or burning
No single one of these behaviors definitively indicates abuse but the Child Sex Abuse Prevention and Protection Center recommends seeking professional help if your child begins to exhibit several of these behavioral issues.
It is important to keep in mind that these behavioral changes may be the result of sexual abuse or a reaction to another stressful situation such as a divorce or death in the family.
Physical signs of sexual abuse tend to be rare, but may include pain during urination and bowel movements, bleeding, or discharge around orifices.
Molestation Lawsuit Information
Since 1984, the legal team at Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., has helped individuals across the country exercise their rights after being injured by the negligence or illegal actions of others.
"We will file cases against anyone who committed the abuse themselves or could have stopped it but declined to do so," Humphrey Farrington associate Jonathan M. Soper said. "Cases involving a neighbor or a family friend can be difficult to find insurance coverage for. However, given the terrible actions of the defendant, lack of insurance will not prevent us from moving forward and pursuing an individual's personal assets."
Our thorough discovery strategies often result in large settlements for our clients, but our lawyers have the resources to litigate even the most factually complicated child molestation cases. If you or your child has been molested by a neighbor, contact us online or call 888-353-0491 to arrange a free consultation.
The attorneys at our firm handle sex abuse cases throughout the Midwest including Kansas City, St. Louis, Wichita, Topeka and Springfield.