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Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse Lawyers in Seattle

Although criminal charges against an offender can bring some sense of justice to victims of sexual abuse or child abuse, the results of a criminal trial often provide little or no direct relief to the victims and their families.

The child abuse and sexual abuse attorneys at Davis Law Group understand how physical and emotional trauma can negatively impact everyday life. To recover from these hardships, survivors of sexual abuse or rape may bring a civil lawsuit against a person or entity that could have prevented the crime from ever occurring. This allows victims and their families to recover financially.

Our law firm demands accountability for child abuse.

Even if there are no criminal charges filed or if the crime was years ago, sexual abuse victims may still have an opportunity to file a legal claim against the negligent party or parties. To learn more about the legal process, contact Davis Law Group today at (206) 727-4000, use the chat feature below or fill out the form on this page.

If your child has suffered abuse, both you and your child need an attorney you can trust. The Seattle child abuse lawyers at Davis Law Group will work to establish a relationship with your child and family to adequately protect your child’s interests.

Our personal injury lawyers will aggressively pursue the adults who have abused your child. If you believe your child has suffered abuse or neglect, contact the child abuse lawyers at Davis Law Group today. Contact us for your free consultation. Don’t hesitate.

Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

RCW 26-44-020 defines abuse and neglect as:

"Injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by any person under circumstances which indicate that the child's health, welfare, and safety is harmed. Abuse and neglect does NOT include the physical discipline of a child."

According to the Washington State Attorney General's office, the following may be signals of the presence of child abuse or neglect:

The Child

  • Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  • Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents' attention
  • Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
  • Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
  • Lacks adult supervision
  • Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn
  • Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home

The Parent

  • Shows little concern for the child
  • Denies the existence of-or blames the child for-the child's problems in school or at home
  • Asks teachers or other caretakers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
  • Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome
  • Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve
  • Looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs

The Parent and Child

  • Rarely touch or look at each other
  • Consider their relationship entirely negative
  • State that they do not like each other

If you believe that you or someone you love has been subjected to this type of assault, please contact Davis Law Group to set up a case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys. Please call us at (206) 727-4000. All consultations are completely confidential.

What is Child Sexual Abuse?

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), sexual abuse is defined as any unwanted sexual activity brought on by a perpetrator through the use of force or threats, or through taking advantage of a victim who is unable to give consent.

In addition to physical trauma, victims of sexual abuse typically experience both short-term and long-term emotional trauma. Examples of emotional trauma in victims of sexual abuse include:

  • Moderate to extreme anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Paranoia
  • Isolation

The above is especially true when children become the victims of sexual abuse or rape. Overall, it is estimated that children are roughly three times more likely to be victims of rape or sexual abuse than adults are.

While every state in the U.S. has some form of legislation that requires the reporting of child sexual abuse, the reality is that a significant amount of these crimes go unreported. In fact, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) estimates that only 46 out of every 100 cases of sexual abuse or rape are reported to police.

Who Can Be Held Liable For Child Sexual Abuse?

Victims of sexual abuse or child abuse may bring a civil legal claim or lawsuit against anyone who was in a position to prevent or stop the abuse from happening. Examples include claims against:

More than 200,000 individuals become the victims of sexual assault each year, and 54 percent of assaults or abuses are not reported to police. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving 6 million children. Many are abused by parents, caregivers, or other adults such as teachers or clergy.

If you or a loved one believes they have a child abuse claim, please contact an attorney at Davis Law Group as soon as possible: (206) 727-4000.

Negligence in Sexual Abuse of a Child

Sexual exploitation involves manipulation by a person who is in a position of power and uses that position to leverage sexual activity. Often times, sexual abuse stems from a person in a position of power over the victim.

Examples of sexual exploitation include:

  • Sexual abuse involving a school teacher and student, or a person with a similar position of authority over a student.
  • Children in foster homes, protective services or similar environments in which the children are abused while under the care of licensed adults.
  • Children who are abused while attending summer camps or other extended activities, such as the Boy Scouts, day care, youth sports leagues, etc.
  • Children or adults who have been admitted to a medical care facility and abused by a healthcare professional or while under the supervision of healthcare professionals.
  • Children or adults who have been abused by a member of the Catholic clergy.

We Hold Child Abusers Accountable

At Davis Law Group, our Washington state sexual abuse lawyers have decades of experience handling cases involving child abuse. They can get started on your case today and help guide you through the entire process. Attorney Chris Davis and his legal team are dedicated to providing in-depth representation as you work towards securing a just outcome in your case.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of this horrible crime then you can seek financial compensation for the physical and emotional injuries that you have suffered. Contact the attorneys at Davis Law Group at (206) 727-4000 for a free confidential consultation. 

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