According to the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN), child sexual abuse is defined as an act that includes sexual activity with a minor, even in the absence of physical contact.
Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. However, it is commonly recognized that the true number of cases must be higher as many cases never get reported to the authorities.
It is worth noting that legally, a child CANNOT consent to any form of sexual activity.
If you experienced the following in your youth, or believe a loved one may be dealing with sexual abuse, please report the crime to the proper authorities as soon as possible. Sexual abuse can include but is not limited to:
- Unwanted/any sexual contact between an adult and minor
- Sexual intercourse with a minor
- Masturbation in front of a minor
- Forced masturbation of a minor
- Obscene phone calls, texts, or digital interactions
- Producing, owning, or sharing child pornography
- Sex trafficking
- Any sexual conduct that harms a child’s mental, emotional, or physical well-being
The majority of sexual abuse is committed by someone who knows the victim personally. It is estimated that 60% of perpetrators of sexual abuse are known to the child.
Often, these individuals are in a position of power or mentorship over the child. There is no “typical” sex offender, however. Individuals who commit sexual abuse can include but are not limited to:
- Parents, siblings, or immediate family members
- Extended family members
- Family friends
- Child care providers
- School district employees
- Leaders within a religious organizations
- Leaders within a youth program (i.e. Boy or Girls Scouts)
The trauma sustained during childhood sexual abuse usually leaves survivors with a difficult time relaying what happened to them. This is often why it is considered a “silent crime.” Disclosing of the abuse is often delayed as children are afraid of negative reactions from their parents or they are intimidated by their abuser not to tell.
Disclosure often occurs after the individual has aged and are ready to discuss the trauma they suffered.
As hard as it is to do, disclosing the events that led up to and during your sexual abuse with a trusted childhood sexual abuse attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP can help you to begin on the path of reconciliation.
The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to hear your story. Contact us today at 646-632-2017 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.
Since 1983, Hach & Rose LLP has fought for child sexual abuse victims who were hurt, injured, molested, or sexually victimized by others. This 30 years of experience in representing sexual abuse victims has enabled us to become quite skilled at developing strong cases designed to help you secure the justice and financial recovery you need to begin overcoming your trauma.
Our dedicated, discreet, and compassionate childhood sexual abuse attorneys can help you or your child receive compensation for but not limited to:
- Past and Future Medical Costs
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages or Future Earnings
- Damages for Therapy
We recognize that financial compensation cannot make up for the pain and suffering you have experienced in life. That is why it is our desire to also hold your abuser accountable, whoever it may be. We want to help you protect others from the same victimization you have had to deal with.
We are experienced in developing the strongest cases alongside a supporting team of other legal and medical professionals. We will do everything in our power to meet your goals.
But don’t take our word for it. Here is what one of our clients had to say:
“ Stan listened with compassion and understanding, something previous attorneys did not do. He showed me nothing but professionalism and respect, and I always knew I was not walking alone. Having him beside me, I found the strength to do the impossible, and in the end we were successful.” – Amy, AVVO
Childhood is a time of growth, learning, and innocence. However, deviant individuals can take advantage and ruin the purity of a child. Sexual abuse can follow a survivor for years.
But you do not have to suffer alone any longer. Take your life back into your hands and deliver justice to those that have harmed you by hiring the committed and trustworthy sexual abuse attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP to fight for you.
Michael Rose was the complete professional in the handling of my case. The stressful time I was going through was made so much easier because of Michael Rose guiding me through the process with patience, compassion and dignity. Never was there a time I called Michael Rose and he did not call me back immediately. I owe a debt of gratitude to Michael Rose for his service. Personally I feel that I could not have been in better hand. Thank you Michael Rose, David, Amanda & anyone else from the firm that participated in my case. I am very grateful, thankful, and very satisfied with the outcome of my settlement.