Sometimes the worst imaginable thing happens – someone we know and trust deliberately hurts our child. One in three females and one in five males will experience sexual assault sometime in their lifetime, according to the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County. Many of these assaults happen during childhood, but are not processed or addressed until the victim is in their 30s and 40s.
If you know that someone has harmed your child, there are resources that can help your child heal.
Some symptoms a child who has been abused may exhibit:
• Difficulty walking or sitting
• Bloody, torn, or stained underclothes
• Bleeding, bruises, or swelling in genital area
• Pain, itching, or burning in genital area
• Frequent urinary or yeast infections
• Sexually Transmitted Infections, especially if under 14 years old
• Pregnancy, especially if under 14 years old
• Reports sexual abuse
• Inappropriate sexual knowledge
• Inappropriate sexual behavior
• Nightmares or bed-wetting
• Large weight changes/major changes in appetite
• Suicide attempts or self-harming, especially in adolescents
• Shrinks away or seems threatened by physical contact
• Runs away
• Overly protective and concerned for siblings, assumes a caretaker role
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Rape Trauma Syndrome symptoms
• Sleeping & eating disorders
• Psychosomatic symptoms (stomachaches, headaches)
• School problems (absences, drops in grades)
• Poor hygiene/excessive bathing
• Regressive behaviors – thumb-sucking, etc.
Lakewood Child and Family Counseling LLC provides counseling services to children, teens, couples, families, individuals and older adults. The agency is committed to helping people reach their potential and make the changes they desire in their personal, relational and professional lives. Struggling parents, depressed teens, couples in conflict and families in chaos – all deserve hope and happiness. Lakewood Child and Family Counseling LLC treats child sexual assault/abuse, child neglect, trauma, parenting concerns, depression, anxiety, somatic concerns, adjustment disorders, self confidence and esteem issues.
They are located at:
9101 Bridgeport Wy SW
Lakewood, WA, 98499
Phone: (253) 617 – 3559
Hours: M-Sa, 9am-9pm
Fees vary by service. Accepts cash, Visa, masterCard, Molina, DSHS (referral required) and offers a sliding fee scale.
Payment options: Low-Cost/Sliding Scale; Medicaid/Services Card; Molina; Private Insurance.
Call for appointment time and to review financial situation. Clients can be self-referred or referred from doctors, social workers and individuals.
Main (253) 617 – 3559 M-Sa, 9am-9pm
Serves both King and Pierce counties.
Children’s Response Center provides consultation services to a variety of professionals, i.e. educators, physicians, police, mental health practitioners and others who are involved with child sexual abuse and victims of other traumatic events.
They are located at:
17018 15th Ave NE
Center for Human Services
Shoreline, WA, 98155
This agency serves East King County including Mercer Island, bordered by Seattle in the west, Snohomish County line to the north (outside Seattle city limits) and Renton to the south.
After Hours Harborview Medical Center ER (206) 731 – 3074
Fax (425) 454 – 1583
Intake (425) 688 – 5130
TTY (425) 454 – 1589
Additional resources include:
Stop It Now: The Campaign to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
Darkness to Light
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
National Children’s Alliance
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center