We all know child abuse happens, but we each experience renewed shock when it occurs in trusted institutions such as our churches, schools, and day care centers.
Child Abuse is Physical, Emotional, Sexual
There are few people who harm children. But, abuse happens regularly here in Florida. In fact, the Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers recently estimated that more than 50,000 children in Florida suffer abuse or neglect every year. The figure is based on reported child abuse and neglect, although only one-third likely reported to authorities.
Child abuse comes in several forms. Physical or emotional abuse leaves innocent victims with permanent emotional, psychological, and physical damage. Many times, abuse occurs by those whom we entrust child care. Examples include church, school, daycare, aftercare, and extracurricular activities. The survivors often live with permanent emotional, psychological, and physical scars.
Has Child Abuse Your Devastated Family?
If your child suffered child abuse in Southwest Florida, then you are struggling to understand your new world. How did this happen? Why did this happen? How do help your child? Tough questions.
Child abuse occurs in several forms, including:
- Physical abuse: e.g. kicking, punching, beating, biting, or burning
- Neglect: e.g. no supervision, no food or drink, soiled clothes, harmful conditions
- Sexual abuse: e.g. intercourse, fondling, exhibitionism, exposure
- Emotional abuse: e.g. ignoring, rejecting, isolating, exploiting, or verbally assaulting a child
These types of child harms often occur in facilities we entrust to care for our children, such as church, school, or day care, among others.
Child Abuse Liability Pursued Against Institutions
Anyone who deliberately harms or abuses a child should be held accountable for their actions. In the case of child sex abuse, for example, the sexual predator is often criminally prosecuted and put behind bars.
But what about the church, school, day care, or other institution which allowed that monster near your child? We take it for granted that churches, preschools, schools, aftercare programs, sports programs, music programs, and other extra-curricular programs carefully screen and choose their employees, staff, and volunteers.
Far too often, these facilities not only fail to perform background checks, but also ignore warning signs that a sexual predator is in their midst and is endangering kids in their care.
Fort Myers Child Abuse Lawyer Can Help
It should not be business as usual for the church, school, or day care, which through inaction, incompetence, or carelessness, facilitated, or enabled, the child abuse.Fort Myers injury lawyer David Harris seeks to hold the enablers of child abuse accountable for the damages caused by their inaction, failure, and reckless conduct. When the criminal justice system fails to hold the church, school, or day care provider liable for their role in the child abuse, then contact David to discuss your options in the civil justice system.
David brings passion, drive, and determination to secure justice. He will take the time to review your situation, answer your questions, and help you to understand your legal options. If David takes your case, you can be sure he will handle it personally, working tirelessly to obtain the justice your child deserves.