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I’m afraid for my son. Now that he has been sexually abused, is there a chance he will abuse other children?

 

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Although many people believe that all victims of sexual abuse will become abusers themselves—this isn’t the case. While there are studies that indicate that boys who were sexually abused have gone on to abuse other children, this information doesn’t automatically dictate your son’s future.

Being a victim of child sexual abuse isn’t enough to make someone grow up to become an abuser. However, if child abuse victims don’t get professional help early on, they might be at risk for acting out their anger and confusion in violence or abuse. In order to prevent your child from behaving in this way, it is critical that your son seeks treatment from an experienced psychologist.

By getting professional help, therapy can help your son work through his anger, confusion, and other issues that the abuse may have triggered inside of him. He will learn in time to recognize his emotions and deal with them and not repress them. Even if your son doesn’t want to go to counseling, you should make him go. He will thank you later for it.

There are many victims of child abuse who have gone on to help protect children and combat abusers. Just remember that getting therapy as soon as possible will help your son deal with his emotions so that he can start moving forward in recovery. To find a skilled professional who has experience helping child abuse victims in the Sarasota area, contact us for a free consultation. You can also learn more about child abuse claims and your rights by ordering a free copy of our book, When the Unthinkable Happens: Your Guide to Florida Child Abuse Claims.


Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney