Beginning in the summer of 2020, we saw a dramatic increase in the number of people who admitted their children into daycare facilities. Given the circumstances of the pandemic that swept across the nation, it is no surprise that more parents were forced to place their children in staffed daycare facilities while they sought job changes to support their families. Regrettably, the rise in the number of people who turned to daycare facilities to tend to their children was met with an unprecedented increase in daycare abuse cases.
During the early months of the pandemic, more than 60% of parents found that it was difficult to perform the duties of their job with their children at home. As a result, more people turned to daycare facilities to provide care while they worked from home.
Although these facilities are generally reliable, some children are vulnerable to suffering abuse at the hands of their care providers. There are some children who are more likely to be victimized by their providers. These include:
Children who suffer from mental and emotional disabilities
Children who are too young to talk
Regrettably, any child can be victimized by their care providers. Many children are manipulated and threatened against speaking out. When children suffer at the hands of their abusers, it is important that parents are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse. This can include:
Children who experience a sudden mood change
Children who self-harm
Children who act anxious or scared to go to their child care facility
Children who have unexplained bruises or marks
Unexplained child pregnancy
Problems sleeping/night terrors
These are just some of the many signs that sexually abused children exhibit. If you suspect your child is being or has been victimized, it is important that you try to talk to them about what is going on. Making them feel as comfortable as possible and trusting can help to ensure they are able to open up to you about what is going on. It is crucial that they know that you will do everything in your power to keep them safe.
If your child has experienced some type of sexual abuse, in daycare, at school, or at another location, you may have legal options available to help you.
Sexual Abuse Lawyers in Massachusetts
For decades, the Massachusetts sexual abuse lawyer Durso at the Law Office of Carmen L Durso has fought to protect the legal rights of children, teens, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse, sexual assault, or other physical and sexual attacks. Our law firm is committed to providing each client we represent with legal services they can trust.
We will meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss your case and to determine the most appropriate steps moving forward. Our lawyers will help you speak to the police and get medical attention for any possible injuries. Contact our Boston sex abuse law firm today at (617) 728-9123 to get help with your case.