Nobody wants to talk about child sexual abuse, but the idea that child molestation is a rare occurrence is very inaccurate. It has been found that, of reported cases alone, one in four girls and one in six boys have been exposed to some form of inappropriate sexual exposure before reaching the age of eighteen. Even sadder is the fact that of these children, the act was nearly always committed by someone known to the child. If you have a child whom you suspect may have been abused in this way, an experienced child sexual assault lawyer can help you find out the truth of the problem and collect needed evidence to build your case. Your child deserves justice and a chance to heal, and seeking legal assistance is the first step to take in this very difficult process.
Civil Cases vs Criminal Cases
In a child molestation case, either civil or criminal charges may be pursued, or even both. In a civil case, an adult parent or guardian of the child seeks to sue an individual or institution for the crime in order to obtain financial compensation for the child’s psychiatric or medical treatment. In a criminal case, the federal or state government charges the perpetrator of the crime with an actual criminal offense that carries jail time and/or fines. In either type of case, the accuser must have evidence in order to build the case. This can be obtained from the testimony of the child or of witnesses, or from experts like doctors who have examined the patient after the alleged abuse. The case must be brought against the perpetrator during the statute of limitations, so it is best to seek help as soon as you suspect a child may have been abused.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a California Child Sexual Assault Lawyer Today
If you suspect that your child has been treated in a sexually inappropriate way by someone, call to schedule a free consultation with a California child sexual assault lawyer today. The expert legal professionals at the Emanuel Law Group understand how difficult it is to deal with this issue, and will compassionately discuss your case with you and give you the support and guidance you need. Check out our web page at Siliconvalleylawyer.net or give us a call at 1-800-308-0870 and let us give you the advice you can trust.