In the last ten years, child sexual abuse has been in the news more often than any time in recent history. Statutes classifying child sexual abuse as criminal activity have been written in all fifty states, and Washington D.C. All types of sexual activity are named as abuse, including forced prostitution and pornography, sexual dialogue, intimate touching, fondling, rape, sexual abuse and assault, and voyeurism.
Abusers encompass both men and women of all ages, economic groups, and races. Sexual abuse statistics show that nearly one-third of perpetrators are juveniles. Tragically, most abusers are well known or related to the victims and are trusted, as in teacher sexual abuse. Because of this fact, many incidents of child abuse are not reported. In 1996, over three million cases of child abuse were reported; 200,000 were found to involve child sexual abuse.
Because children are too young to understand their rights and the legal system, adults must advocate for them and report suspicions of abuse to child protection and law enforcement agencies. These agencies then investigate the allegations. Professionals who work with children are required by law to report signs of sexual abuse and neglect.
In order to punish abusers and recover costs of sexual abuse counseling, as well as damages for pain and suffering, families of child abuse victims are encouraged to sue the abusers in civil court. The civil and criminal statutes of limitation in several states have been extended. Also, if the victim has blocked out memory of the abuse and related problems, the “Delayed Discovery Rule” for child sexual abuse suspends the statute of limitations.
Child sexual abuse attorneys at the law firm O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA have handled high profile sexual abuse cases like those involving members of the Catholic clergy, where reports of abuse were ignored or hidden by superiors in the church. Many of these cases involved adults who were abused as children, reporting the abuse decades after it happened.
Our sex abuse and clergy abuse lawyers at the offices of O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA in Cincinnati Ohio routinely process claims of child sexual abuse. They have won millions of dollars in these cases. Our experienced, committed and sensitive lawyers are dedicated to bringing perpetrators of abuse to justice.
If you or a loved one is the victim of sexual abuse, including clergy abuse, please contact O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA immediately. Our personal injury lawyers will provide FREE evaluation of your child sexual abuse case. Call today to make an appointment at 513-842-9029, or toll free at 877-288-3241 .