Child Molestation Lawsuits in California

Child molestation is a disturbingly common problem throughout Southern California. According to the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute, at least one in five girls and one in 10 boys will be sexually abused by the time they become teens.

The vast majority of child sex abuse is perpetrated by individuals that a child knows such as a relative, coach, priest or teacher. Organizations that permit child molestation to occur may face legal liability arising out of their failure to protect our society's youngest members from harm.

The Southern California law firm of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, handles child molestation cases. We can help child abuse victims obtain justice by filing civil lawsuits against their molesters and the organizations that permitted the molestation to occur.

We are one of the most successful personal injury law firms in California and can litigate even the most challenging sex abuse cases. To arrange a free consultation with our attorneys, email us or call 866-738-0973.

What Is Child Molestation?

Child sex abuse can take many forms. It generally involves sex-related conduct with a minor and can involve touching, exploitation or a variety of nontouching behaviors.

According to the American Humane Association, child molestation that involves physical conduct includes:

  • Fondling or touching a child's private areas
  • Making a child touch an adult's sexual organs
  • Penetrating a child's vagina or anus with any object without a valid medical purpose
  • Molestation that does not involve physical conduct may include:
  • Indecent exposure in front of a minor
  • Allowing a child to be exposed to pornography
  • Sexual exhibitionism in front of a child
  • Exploitation of a child could include:
  • Forcing or soliciting a child into prostitution
  • Using a child to produce pornography

The definitions of what constitutes child abuse are very broad and encompass many types of behaviors. The vast majority of child sex abuse does not leave any physical evidence, so it is important to consult with a law firm that knows how to clearly communicate the impact of child sex abuse to a jury.

This is essential to maximizing your recovery and ensuring that molesters and their protectors are held accountable for allowing the abuse to occur.

Child Sex Abuse: Warning Signs And Impact

Every California child reacts differently to being sexually abused. Although there is no standard way that a child may react to being molested, there are many warning signs that may indicate abuse.

Babies and toddlers may exhibit:

  • Failure to thrive
  • Sleep issues
  • Stomach and bowel irritations
  • Eating problems
  • Excessive crying
  • Fear
  • Vomiting

Children between the ages of 2 and 9 may exhibit:

  • Eating problems
  • Night terrors and other sleeping problems
  • Fear of a particular place or person
  • Regression to earlier behaviors such as thumb sucking and bed wetting
  • Shame or guilt
  • Victimizations of others
  • Masturbation

Older children and adolescents may exhibit:

  • Eating disorders
  • Early pregnancy
  • Promiscuity
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Aggression
  • Poor grades
  • Depression
  • Suicidal gestures and ideation
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Running away from home
  • Sleeping problems

It is important to remember that no single behavior is a definitive indication that sexual abuse is occurring. These behaviors may also arise during other emotionally challenging times such as divorce, relocation or death in the family.

Legal Help For Child Sex Abuse Victims

The California law firm of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, is dedicated to helping sex abuse victims obtain justice. Our firm is known throughout the country for obtaining substantial verdicts on behalf of individuals who have been injured due to the negligent or intentional actions of others.

We are capable of bringing personal injury lawsuits against any organization that could have stopped child sex abuse from happening, but failed to do so. Our team of medical experts can testify regarding the severe long-term effects of sex abuse and how organizational failures allow sexual predators to prey on young Californians.

If you or a loved one has suffered from sexual abuse, call us at 866-738-0973 or contact us online to arrange your consultation. Based in Santa Monica, our firm handles molestation lawsuits throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange County.