Parents trust their child care providers with the wellbeing of their children. Unfortunately, there are individuals working in child care who take advantage of their position to harm innocent victims.
While background checks, adequate supervision, and child protection policies are put in place to prevent child care sexual abuse, when an organization fails to properly enforce these guidelines, they put children at risk.
Child care workers are responsible for the care of our precious little ones, but when they fail to protect them, they are acting negligently and can be held legally liable for their inactions. If your child has suffered harm at the hands of a child care worker, the compassionate and experienced attorneys at Hach & Rose LLP can help to hold those who abused your child accountable.
Our practice is devoted exclusively to this area of law and has handled sexual abuse cases all across the country. We have over 30 years of experience helping victims overcome the tragedy and pain they have had to endure.
To discuss your situation with an experienced attorney, contact us today at 646-632-2017 for a FREE case evaluation. We take child abuse very seriously and are ready to protect the rights of child care sexual abuse victims.
Where Child Care Abuse Takes Place
Child care abuse can take place at any number of locations or even at your own home if you hire a babysitter.
Our experienced and caring attorneys are capable of handling cases involving:
- Daycare Sexual Abuse: Children can be vulnerable at daycares when these businesses hire individuals without doing a pre-employment background check.
- Summer Camp Sexual Abuse: For many children, summer camp is a time of freedom and fun. Sadly, summer camp staff and volunteers recognize that this independence can make the child vulnerable to predation.
- Foster Care Sexual Abuse: The scary truth is that children in foster care are especially vulnerable to sexual abuse. When an organization fails to adequately vet foster homes and parents, they are placing the children in danger of becoming a sexual abuse victim.
- Babysitter Sexual Abuse: Unfortunately, in the vast majority of child sexual abuse cases, the individual is known to the child and family. This often includes babysitters as families come to entrust these individuals and welcome them into their homes.
Signs of Daycare Abuse or Neglect
Children who have suffered daycare abuse or neglect may not be able to communicate what happened to them or may be too afraid to talk about their experience. If you are worried that your child may have been injured, hurt, harmed, or abused by their child care provider, there are several signs to look out for:
- Unexplained bruises, welts, scratches, or other injuries.
- Behavioral changes or extreme mood swings.
- Regressing to infant-like behavior such as thumb sucking, separation anxiety, rocking, biting, etc.
- Sleep problems such as bed-wetting, nightmares, etc.
- Discussing sexual behaviors or acting in a sexual manner unusual for their age.
- Fear of going to the daycare and becomes clinging.
- Fear of certain activities, places, or people.
- Your child is sent home with a soiled diaper or has a long-lasting diaper rash.
- Your child starts acting out or becomes withdrawn.
- Urinary tract infection or complains of soreness around the genitals.
- Trouble walking or sitting.
- Blood-stained and/or torn undergarments.
If you believe your child has suffered abuse at the hands of a daycare work or other child care provider like a nanny, babysitter, or family member, we strongly recommend that you contact our compassionate attorneys today at 646-632-2017 to discuss the facts of your case.
What to Do If You Suspect Sexual Abuse
If you believe that your child may be the victim of child care sexual abuse, then you will want to take the necessary steps to begin the process of addressing the issue head-on. Do NOT allow the abuse to affect your child any longer.
If you suspect daycare sexual abuse:
- Take your child to your family physician or pediatrician. You will want a medical evaluation to protect the health of your child. They will also be able to note any signs of abuse.
- Talk openly and honestly with other parents at the daycare to see if they have dealt with anything similar to your situation.
- Report the abuse to your state’s child abuse organization and/or local police department.
- You can contact the Child help National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 for support and information on resources available for you and your child.
If you are ready to hold your child care provider responsible for the pain and suffering they have put your child through, then contact our experienced sexual abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose LLP. For over 30 years we have provided the quality legal care and personalized attention survivors of sexual abuse deserve. We work hard to bring those who harmed you or a loved one to justice while also helping to secure compensation so that you can obtain the medical and emotional support you need to begin healing.