CHILD SEX ABUSE & TRAFFICKING
WHAT IS CHILD SEX ABUSE (“CSA”)?
CSA is “a form of child abuse that includes sexual activity with a minor. A child cannot consent to any form of sexual activity, period. When a perpetrator engages with a child this way, they are committing a crime that can have lasting effects on the victim for years. Child sexual abuse does not need to include physical contact between a perpetrator and a child. Some forms of child sexual abuse include:
Exhibitionism, or exposing oneself to a minor
Masturbation in the presence of a minor or forcing the minor to masturbate
Obscene phone calls, text messages, or digital interaction
Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children
Sex of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal
Any other sexual conduct that is harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare” (https://www.rainn.org/articles/child-sexual-abuse)
WHAT IS CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING?
Sex trafficking is “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act…” 22 U.S.C. § 7102(12).
When a defendant “benefits, financially or by receiving anything of value, from participation in a venture which has engaged in” one of the sex trafficking crimes, they are liable for sex trafficking. 18 U.S.C. § 1591 (a)(2).
Severe sex trafficking is “[s]ex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is INDUCED BY FORCE, FRAUD, OR COERCION, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.” 22 U.S.C. § 7102(11)(a) (emphasis added).
Elements of Severe Sex Trafficking:
Means: force, fraud, or coercion
Act: Inducement, recruitment, harboring, transportation, providing, obtaining
Purpose: Commercial Sex
CSA is the most prevalent health problem children face with the most serious consequences
CHILD USA’s Social Science Department did a lengthy literature review and consulted leading experts to conclude that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 13 boys (roughly 20% and 8%) are likely to experience child sex abuse.
CSA is costly and victims often carry the sole burden of that expense
The average lifetime cost of child maltreatment is $830,928.000 per victim.
Statutes of Limitation (“SOL”) reform is the key to attaining justice for survivors
The extension of SOLs for child sex abuse offers victims a renewed opportunity to seek justice for the horrendous crimes committed against them. In addition to offering victims access to legal justice, SOL reform shifts the cost of child sex abuse away from the victim (where it ultimately falls on the medical field, government, and public) and onto the perpetrator who is responsible for the crime and suffering.
The Church of Scientology wants to silence survivors by forcing them into religious arbitration in violation of their first amendment rights
On Feb. 23, 2021, Attorneys representing Chrissie Carnell-Bixler and her fellow plaintiffs, filed a petition with a California appeals court seeking to reverse a lower court ruling that attempts to subject petitioners, non-believers who survived sexual abuse and harassment at the hands of defendants, to submit to so-called religious services arbitration by the Church of Scientology.
In an issue no California appellate court has yet addressed, the trial court order attempts to subject petitioners to undergo a religious ceremony where Scientology “minsters” are the “arbitrators” and Scientology “doctrine” is the “law” to be applied. Petitioners argue that the trial court engaged in unconstitutional coercion by forcing former Scientologists to be subjected to the Scientology religious services arbitration in violation of their First Amendment rights to freedom of religion, which includes the right to exit a religious organization.
Scientology believers have the right to believe anything they want but they cannot do whatever they want. For too long, the Church of Scientology and its leaders have sought to coverup sexual assault and abuse and then attempt to intimidate survivors into silence. This petition continues the important work of the #MeToo era to bring institutions and individual perpetrators to account for child abuse, trafficking, and neglect.
CSA & TRAFFICKING IN THE NEWS
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