Jeff Herman explained luring, manipulating and abusing children is easy for predators because children tend to be naïve. He recommends parents arm their children using age-appropriate language to teach them about their bodies and what shouldn’t be discussed with others. Make sure they understand if someone makes them feel uncomfortable or tries to touch them they have the right to say no. Even if the person is a family member, friend, teacher, coach, police officer or member of the clergy. Parents must also keep the lines of communications open and continually educate their children about what abuse looks like.
A Youngstown, Ohio native, Jeff Herman got his juris doctor from the School of Law at Case Western Reserve University in 1985. Herman Law’s founder and managing partner, he’s been exposing and prosecuting sexual predators for over a decade. Herman brought the sexual abuse scandal in the clergy at the Archdioceses of Denver and Miami to public attention. He also won a $100 million judgement against Rev. Neil Doherty for sexual abuse. Jeff Herman is considered a leading attorney in the U.S. for dealing with high-profile sexual abuse lawsuits.
Jeff Herman says signs of an abused child parents should look out for acting out sexually, trying to hurt themselves and other sudden behavior changes, regressing to thumb-sucking, bed-wetting and other behaviors they had outgrown, sudden fear of certain people and places and depression, anger, nightmares and significant changes in sleep patterns.