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The effects of childhood sexual abuse often last well into adulthood.

Many survivors struggle for years, unaware of the link between the abuse they struggled with and their current challenges, such as fractured relationships, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, self-destructive behavior, inability to finish school or hold a job, and more.

According to an Atlantic article, victims of sexual assault are three times more likely to suffer from depression, six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and four times more likely to contemplate suicide.

Our attorneys are familiar with the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse. In seeking monetary compensation, we look at how the abuse has impacted all areas of the victim’s life and relationships.

The harm is usually dramatic and substantial. That is why many of these lawsuits ultimately settle for millions of dollars. That amount reflects the tremendous amount of harm that was inflicted.

Talking about the abuse with a counselor, mental health professional or supportive person in your life can be of great help.

Counseling can help give you an important perspective that may allow you to break free from the internalized messages that result from childhood sexual abuse. You may begin to see how the abuse has colored your self-esteem, your relationships, and indeed every facet of your life.

In representing, unfortunately, hundreds of people who have been victims, I’ve never had two victims react to their abuse in the same way.

Everyone reacts different. Some still want to continue talking to the perpetrator. Some don’t immediately acknowledge that they’ve been abused, until many, many years later.

There’s no textbook way to react. But for some reason, people think that you should react in a certain way. Or they think, “Oh, I would react this way. So this person needs to react in a certain way.” It’s like, “No, no, no, no, no. It’s totally different.”

Five things victims of child sex abuse in California should know

Child sex abuse is a terrifying and tragic reality for thousands of children.

Our Los Angeles child sex abuse attorneys have successfully represented many victims of sexual abuse, and we understand how challenging it is for families to pick up the pieces after such a harrowing breach of trust occurs.

It can often be embarrassing or uncomfortable for a child to disclose sexual abuse and therefore only approximately 30 percent of cases are reported to authorities, according to a report.

If your child has been abused, here are five things you should know:

YOU NEED LEGAL COUNSEL. Don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer who focuses on helping young victims of sexual abuse. Sex abuse cases are particularly sensitive and usually involve a statute of limitations(deadlines). While financial restitution may never heal the pain caused by such abuse, it does help many achieve a sense of closure, and ensures that dangerous criminals are held accountable for their actions.

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT. Many victims of sexual abuse blame themselves for somehow “inviting” or “allowing” the abuse. Similarly, parents of child sex abuse victims may feel partly responsible for not noticing the signs of abuse sooner, or for being taken in by an adult whom they thought they could trust. Remember that no one asks to be abused, and that abusers are skilled manipulators who lie, deceive, and carefully groom their victims. Focusing your attention on the truly culpable parties will help you direct your energy in more productive ways, and will allow you to help your child more effectively during this extremely difficult time.

YOU ARE NOT POWERLESS. One of the most damaging aspects of sexual abuse, particularly when it concerns children, is the feeling of helplessness and powerlessness it creates. At Fiumara & Milligan Law, we know that victims are not powerless – and that their strength can help put perpetrators behind bars and protect other potential victims from harm.

YOU CAN HEAL. The effects of sex abuse on children are long lasting and require professional counseling, but rest assured that with proper care healing is within reach. Above all else, do not lose hope.

RESPONSIBILITY MAY NOT BE LIMITED TO THE PERPETRATOR ALONE. If your child was abused by an individual, such as a teacher, coach, religious figure, or day care worker who knew your child due to his or her job, or was at work when the abuse occurred, you may be able to hold his or her employer responsible as well. Employers often fail to conduct thorough background checks, neglect to investigate complaints or even actively attempt to cover up child sex abuse. Such employers must also be held accountable for their role in the abuse.

Holding perpetrators accountable for their acts of sexual abuse

All too often, perpetrators who sexually abuse children are “let off the hook,” slipping through the cracks or getting swept under the rug by a society that is hesitant to look this very real problem squarely in the face. The sexual abuse law firm of Fiumara & Milligan Law is dedicated to holding perpetrators of abuse responsible for their heinous crimes, to help their victims find closure, and to protect other children who could become victims in the future.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Legal Counsel for Your Needs

Seeking guidance from a lawyer experienced in handling the nuances of child sex abuse cases is imperative. At Fiumara & Milligan Law, we can help you navigate the intricacies of filing a civil lawsuit against your abuser and the institutions that shielded him or her.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to obtain closure and justice for yourself and others like you.

Contact the Childhood Sex Abuse Attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law today at 707-571-8600 and we will make sure you don’t miss important deadlines on your road to recovery.