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My child told her friend that she is being sexually abused, and her friend’s mother then told me. Why won’t my child talk to me about it?

 

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Telling someone that sexual abuse has happened is very scary for a child. Some children never disclose this information, and others take months or years to tell someone what happened. They may not know the exact words to say, or they may be reluctant to talk about it because they are frightened. 

In general, girls are more likely to disclose sexual abuse than boys are. Very young children often accidentally tell someone because they don’t understand what has happened or have the right words to explain it. Young school-aged children commonly tell a caregiver about being abused, whereas adolescents often reveal the abuse to a friend.

While it is difficult on you not to be the one your child confided in, it’s important that you don’t dwell on that. Instead, be encouraged that she did tell someone and that you’re aware of what is happening. Now you can deal with it and protect your child from further harm. 

You can call us for advice on how to handle the situation, or you can speak with a counselor regarding how to talk with your child about it. Whatever you decide to do, the situation needs to be handled in a way that will allow your daughter to heal. Remember, this is a difficult process for children and many are afraid to tell anyone—even their own parents—that they have been a victim of child sexual abuse in Florida.

For more information on protecting your child and dealing with your child’s sexual abuser, contact the Mallard Law Firm at (888) 409-3805. You can talk with one of our experienced Sarasota child injury lawyers in a confidential, complimentary consultation. 


Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney