There are certain topics that no one wants to talk about or think about. Unfortunately, some of these topics are so important they need to be discussed even though they are uncomfortable for some and excruciating for others. One such topic is child sexual abuse. The sexual abuse of children is a major problem nearly everywhere in the world. The children’s rights lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys feel it is our duty to educate and create maximum awareness of this atrocity. Understanding key issues could mark the difference between recognizing signs of trouble or not. We are one of many groups that is working to raise awareness of child sexual abuse. The federal government is another. Below are some statistics regarding child sexual abuse and some signs to watch for in children in your life.
NSOPW stands for National Sex Offender Public Website. It was established in 2005 to track information regarding sex offenders, and part of the data provided involve sexual abuse of children. A link to the Web site can be found here. Below are just a few statistics that will likely come as a surprise to many people:
The words “were reported” above are especially important, because only about 30 percent of sexual assault cases are actually reported to authorities.
Sadly, the Internet has provided another avenue for abusers to seek out minor victims. Below are some statistics regarding child sexual abuse that begins or occurs online:
These statistics will hopefully prompt parents to keep an eye on what their children are doing while surfing the Internet.
All adults should be aware of common warning signs of child sexual abuse. A group known as Stop It Now! has published such a list, and it can be found here. Some of those warning signs include:
There are others, but the bottom line is that child sexual abuse can happen to anyone, and we all need to be vigilant. If you recognize any warning signs, act on those instincts and seek the proper help. If your child has been sexually abused and you’re not sure where to get started on holding those responsible accountable, contact the children’s rights attorneys at Gomez Trial Attorneys to schedule a free initial consultation.Posted in: Children's Rights
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