No matter what the allegation entails, being accused of child abuse can have devastating consequences for you in so many areas of your life. There’s a belief that children never lie, and when it comes down to your word against theirs, it can feel almost impossible to defend yourself.
You need to act fast as these cases can progress rapidly, with negative consequences for you.
Collect as much evidence as possible
In preparing your defense, evidence will be incredibly important in proving that you are innocent of the charges against you. What this may be will be specific to your case but could consist of text messages, emails, letters and social media posts.
On the other side of this, the lack of any supporting evidence will also be valuable to your defense. Character witnesses on your behalf will also be useful. Having experienced legal support with the evidence-gathering process is essential.
Try to remain calm as the investigation progresses
There are very few things that are as difficult to be accused of as child abuse, and being investigated by Child Protective Services can be a very challenging process. Feeling angry and frustrated is natural, but acting in a rash manner may be damaging to your case. Let yourself be guided by your legal representative as to how you address the questions you’re being asked.
While it will be a difficult and emotional process to go through, fighting for your rights in a way that is calm and collected can help in your attempt to prove your innocence.