Atrorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm Answers the question.
I believe my child was recently abused at school, what do i do?
If you believe your child was abused at school, first and foremost, you should go to the school authorities. You should talk to the principal, the head master or whoever is in charge of the school. Report it to the proper individuals or authorities in the school. You should absolutely report this to law enforcement and specifically what you should do is call your local police department or sheriff’s office. As to speak to someone in their child sex abuse unit.
Most law enforcement agencies have a designated child abuse unit that have people and officers involved who are very skilled in how to interview a child, how to conduct an investigation of these types of allegations so they have the training and experience on how to do that. So contact that child abuse unit.
As well, you should also seek psychological help for your child to be interviewed to see exactly what’s going on and how best to interview so that they do not suffer the horrible lifelong consequences of childhood sexual abuse. If you don’t know a psychologist, I would recommend that you contact a children’s hospital. Most children’s hospitals have experts in child abuse. They have therapists and physicians who are trained and skilled on how to handle allegations by a child of being sexually abused. So contact law enforcement, contact the school and contact the local children’s hospital.
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