Things that have to do with any kind of abuse are hard to deal with, most especially sexual abuse. Things only get harder if you find out that the abuser is your spouse and that the victim is your child. But as much as it might sound like a situation that’s hard to accept, these things do happen. And if you happen to find out that your spouse happens to be one of those people, thinking of a course of action might just be difficult for you and your child. If you do find yourself in this situation and want to learn more about what you can do, read on.
Focus on Your Child
With so much going on in a situation like this, the first thing that you’re going to have to focus on would be on your child. You’re going to have to start taking steps to help make sure that you get your child out of situations that might put them in danger. Whether it be taking your child out of your home first and moving them to a relative’s home or keeping constant watch over your child, you’re going to have to make sure that they feel safe, especially around you. You should also talk to them and find out how you can help them through it. Consider their feelings and help them know that what they feel is valid. If you need help with that, maybe have a therapist talk to them to help them process their thoughts and emotions.
File a Case Immediately
In the United States, all states, such as the state of Texas, recognize that sexual abuse is a crime. If you find out that your spouse has been sexually abusing your child, you will have to report it as soon as possible. Texas law states that you report a person that you suspect is abusing your child, more so if you have proof of it. The sooner you do it, the sooner you help get your child out of that dangerous situation. The state’s Child Protective Services will help investigate the allegations and help you and your child through it.
No one deserves to be a victim of sexual abuse, or any form of abuse for that matter. Especially children. Things like this shouldn’t happen. But if you do find yourself in a situation where you know that your spouse is sexually abusing your child, you’re going to have to act immediately. As difficult as it may be, you must do so to help protect your child from any further trauma or harm.