California Child Sexual Assault Attorneys
Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D.:
Helping you reclaim the power.

Child Sexual Abuse Attorneys in California

Fighting for Justice & Compensation Since 1986

It may take decades before a survivor of child sex abuse is able to acknowledge what happened or even remember that it did. In the life that happened in between, shame, anger, and other powerful emotions most likely made it very difficult for him or her to maintain personal relationships or refrain from self-destructive behavior. Making this connection is where many victims begin the process of reclaiming their own lives.

At the Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D., our attorneys help survivors of child sexual abuse confront their abusers and also the organizations or individuals who enabled or could have put a stop to it. Our law firm has been dedicated to this work since 1986. We have handled cases statewide and in other states as well. We are here to listen and provide the help you need, too. Our California child sexual abuse lawyers can also provide referrals to therapists in your area whom we have worked within our practice.

Dr. Joseph C. George holds both a law degree and a Ph.D. in psychology. His background, training, and unique understanding of the psychological and emotional injuries caused by sexual abuse provide the crucial advantage we need to maximize compensation for our clients.

Helping You Reclaim the Power

Filing a lawsuit won't change the past, but it can change your future for the better and improve your quality of life. It can also bring about positive changes in society which will help to prevent other children from being abused in the future.

Several reasons why you should contact the Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D. include:

  • Speaking out can stop an abuser from continuing to create new victims.
  • Holding employers accountable for the acts of their employees encourages them to scrutinize job applicants more closely.
  • Seeking justice from individuals or institutions that should have reported suspected abuse but didn't reinforces the mandatory duty to report for others.
  • Pursuing compensation from the businesses, institutions, and organizations that enabled or tried to cover up your abuser's crimes encourages internal change and sends a strong message to others.

Signs That a Child Is Being Sexually Abused

Sexual abuse is such a shameful and terrible crime. Not only do victims have to experience the horror and indignation of being violated, they often suppress the emotional pain their emotional pain because of the social stigma assigned to sex abuse victims.

Essentially, many times victims are not believed, or they are too young to know what they are experiencing is a crime. Because of this, many abuse victims deal with their pain in the wrong way, especially if they believe that no one will believe their stories of abuse or that they are not supported by family or friends.

As such, they suffer in silence and may rely on drugs, alcohol or other destructive activities to medicate themselves. For young sex abuse victims, it is critical for parents, teachers and other authority figures to understand the signs a child or teen may exhibit so that proper interventions can be made. Some of these signs are:

  • Quickly withdrawing from or not trusting certain adults – What may be seen as petty bitterness or rebellious attitudes may be a sign that a particular adult is abusing a child.
  • Avoiding physical contact – A child who doesn’t want to be hugged or kissed may have been abused or is currently experiencing abuse.
  • Nightmares and fears of going to bed – As we alluded to earlier, child sex abuse victims often relive their nightmare when they go to sleep. Constant sleep problems may be another sign that a child is being exploited.

Additionally, the California Department of Education notes that there are a few common indicators that a child may be sexually abused:

  1. The child runs away from home
  2. The child behaves in a seductive manner.
  3. The child prefers not to change clothes in front of other children or adults
  4. The child is interested in or knows about sexual acts that are inappropriate to their age
  5. The child has a sexually transmitted disease at a young age (under 14)
  6. The child shows discomfort while sitting or walking
  7. The child does not want to join in physical activities

Child Sexual Abuse Does Not Need to Involve Physical Contact

While it makes sense that sexual abuse is often associated with unwanted touching, physical contact is not needed. According to the Veteran’s Administration, child sexual abuse—broadly defined—includes any sexual behaviors between an adult and a child that are “meant to arouse the adult in a sexual way.

Accordingly, there is a range of activities that are considered child sexual abuse. While many people associate child sexual touching, there are many other ways an adult can abuse a child or adolescent sexually. They include:

  • Sexual talk/innuendo
  • Forcing a child to watch sexually explicit programs
  • Forcing a child to look at sexually explicit photos
  • Forcing a child to watch sexual activity
  • Exposing genitals to a child

The range of activities that can be considered child sexual abuse is vast. If you feel like you or your child have been sexually abused, please contact a qualified medical professional. Children may face emotional trauma defined as sexual abuse from seemingly safe spaces such as daycare centers to churches. Survivors of child sexual abuse must recover from emotional trauma. Emotional trauma can take much longer to heal than physical injury.

Beyond psychological counseling and medical intervention, there are other ways of getting help for abuse. Not only can the perpetrator be prosecuted in criminal court, he/she can also be held civilly liable. Many survivors are too concerned about the public nature of lawsuits to get help from an attorney. It is important to understand that you can file a lawsuit anonymously, so your name is not in the public record. Attorneys who specialize in this area of law can provide further accountability for the abuser, allowing the victim another measure of healing.

What to Do if You Suspect a Child Was Sexually Abused

If you suspect that a child is being abused, it is important to report it to the proper authorities, which may be the police department, a county welfare department, a county probation department or your county’s Child Protective Services. While such reporting is mandatory for certain adults who work with children, including teachers and school administrators, for others it is simply the right thing to do.

It is important to know that your identity, as well as the report itself, will remain confidential if you report an instance of abuse. If your profession requires you to report suspected abuse and you do so in the proper manner, you cannot be held liable in a civil case. You will also have immunity if a criminal case arises from the report.

Call Our CA Child Sexual Abuse Attorneys for a Free Case Evaluation

We are a safe, supportive place to turn to, and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to help you reclaim power over your own life. To schedule a private, FREE consultation, call (916) 623-4914 at any time, day or night — or contact our California child sexual abuse lawyers online. Servicios de Traducción en Español Disponibles.

  • Ph.D in Psychology

    Joseph C. George earned a Ph.D. in psychology and was an active duty clinical psychologist in the United States Air Force for 12 years.

  • Decades of Experience

    Collectively, our legal team has more than 30 years of experience in fighting for the rights of Californians

  • Well-Rounded Team

    Attorney Joseph George Jr. is a former deputy district attorney; Attorney Maricar Pascual was the national champion in appellate advocacy

  • Honest Communication

    We value each of our clients; everyone deserves respect and clear communication. We never leave our clients in the dark.