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Survivor awarded $2M in sex abuse cover-up case

Speaking up about sexual abuse is not an easy thing to do – especially for children. Being the victim of sexual abuse by an adult often carries feels of guilt or shame that can be hard to overcome. Sadly, sometimes those who do find the strength to tell someone they trust about instances of abuse are met by skepticism or otherwise negative reactions.

What the recent LAPD scandal should say about abuse

Among the many duties that police officers who work for the LAPD have is protecting minors. However, there are officers who take advantage of the trust granted to them and abuse young people. Arguably the most serious charge is one where an officer manipulates a young person into a sexual relationship, knowing how impressionable and vulnerable they can be.

Why sex therapy is important for abuse survivors

In our prior post, we highlighted some of the reasons why sex abuse victims develop or maintain destructive habits, basically masking the shame or pain they hold from the attack. Because of this, therapy is key in their recovery. Sometimes it may be for alcoholism or anger issues, but invariably sex therapy is needed sex abuse survivors.

Why sex abuse victims have destructive habits

For those who have not experienced the psychological trauma that a rape can bring, it may be difficult to understand how pervasive the pain can be and how long it can persist. There are countless stories of people who go to great lengths to numb or block out the pain they feel because of their attack, as well as those who develop destructive habits because of the shame they feel because they were treated so badly.

Why a lawyer and counselor is important in sex abuse cases

The story of an 8-year-old girl who was locked in a confined space for years is a horrific story, but one of many that go untold. Not only was the young girl emaciated when authorities discovered her, the other children in the house were instructed to lie about her existence. Prosecutors believe that she was imprisoned in a filthy, urine and feces contaminated closet. The girl’s mother and her stepfather face felony charges for their actions.

Signs of child sexual abuse and what to do if you see them

Child sexual abuse is a serious problem that affects many children in California. Victims of abuse, however, don’t always come forward. Feelings of shame, guilt and fear can make it difficult for children to tell others about what has happened to them.