Unfortunately, horrific situations happen everyday to children. A child is defenseless and trusting. Children are taught to trust church members just as parents do. Sadly, church members are human and make serious mistakes such as child abuse.
Results of child abuse
A child who has been abused by a church member can have problems for the rest of their life. First of all, they can have physical damage that needs medical attention. Nightmares can haunt them and cause trouble sleeping. On top of that, the mental scarring can last a lifetime. A victim is usually warned not to tell anyone, so they carry this with them. They will likely grow up never trusting anyone.
What to do
If your child has been abused by a church member, you should seek immediate medical attention for them. The medical facility will document all procedures, tests and treatment, so you should keep copies of all records.
Have your child write a statement if they are old enough. If not, record or write down what they tell you happened. Try to get as much detail as possible from them. The medical facility may be able to get more from them than you can. Also make sure to take as many pictures as possible of the abuse.
Child abuse is a terrible thing to deal with for the child and for you. You want to protect your child, and you feel you have failed when this happens. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help get you through this tough time. We realize the violation your family must feel, and we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Give us a call today, and let us help get life back for you and your child. We are here for you, and you are not alone.