The third most frequently reported form of child abuse, sexual abuse can include fondling, lewd behavior, oral sex, exposing of body parts (exhibitionism), watching a child undress in order to receive a sexual thrill, or involvement in child pornography or prostitution. A sexual abuse civil lawsuit can allow a victim and his/her family to receive the compensation they need to cover medical bills, psychological care, pain and suffering and punitive damages.
The sad reality about child sexual abuse is that it is more common than we realize or want to acknowledge:
- Every two minutes a child is sexually assaulted
- One in four girls and one in six boys are victims of sexual abuse by age 18
- Sexual abuse occurs across all socio-economic lines
- 50-90% of child sexual abuse is never reported
- 85% of the time, the child knows and trusts the abuser
- Each year about 6 million children are affected by abuse-10% of cases involving sexual abuse or approximately 600,000
While typically an individual is responsible for sexual abuses against a child, often an organization (such as a school or daycare) can be held liable as well for not performing proper background checks or improperly supervising employees. Anyone can be guilty of sexual abuse- parents, a relative, friend, etc. Molestation is a serious offense because a child is not able to give his/her consent and are often ignorant about the behavior they are engaging in.