CHILD SEX ABUSE

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

  • Fondling

  • Intercourse

  • 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

  • Sex trafficking

  • Any other sexual conduct that is harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare” (https://www.rainn.org/articles/child-sexual-abuse)

CSA is the most prevalent health problem children face with the most serious consequences

“1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 10th birthday. Every 9 minutes, child protective services substantiate, or finds evidence for, a claim of child sexual abuse.” (https://www.rainn.org/statistics/children-and-teens

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.

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