Child Sexual Abuse and Its FormsPhysical contact doesn't need to occur to be considered sexual abuse. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sexual abuse can happen when a child is involved in sexual behavior that:
- They don't fully understand
- They're unable to give informed consent or permission
- Violates taboos and societal morality
- An inducing or coercing of a child to engage in any illicit sexual activity
- An act of exploiting a child in prostitution or other illegal sexual activities
- The exploitative use of minors in pornographic performances and materials
The Effects of Child Sexual AbuseBecause experiencing sexual abuse is so traumatic, victims may suffer from long-term effects, such as:
- Physical injuries
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance abuse
- Risky sexual behaviors
- Heart disease
Who Is to Blame For Child Sexual Abuse?Child sexual abusers can include teachers, priests, trainers, family members, and other individuals. A child can be a victim of a range of sexual abuse, from molestation to rape. These lewd behaviors have a spectrum of severity, and victims can take years to recover from them. While the actual abuser is the primary party to blame, they are not always the only ones. In multiple instances, the abuse may result from the school's or another organization's negligent conduct or passiveness in caring for the child. You can consider these institutions to be careless if they don't act in your child's best interests. One way to prevent this from happening to another child is to file a lawsuit against these organizations.
The Statute of Limitations for Filing a Child Sexual Abuse in SavannahThe statute of limitations is a time restriction during which you can pursue the perpetrator for compensation. The statutes of limitations for child sexual assault and other forms of child abuse differ dramatically from state to state. For Georgia:
- In general, you have two years from the date of the alleged sexual assault to launch a civil case against the perpetrator, per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
- The state may toll this deadline if a minor or senior was a victim of the crime.
Who Has the Right to File a Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?Typically, the child sexual assault victim is the one who files a claim (once they have reached adulthood) against the perpetrator. However, if the sexual abuse victim is still a minor, the parent or guardian can file a lawsuit. They may represent the child and their interests throughout a judicial trial. While the child can testify, the adult and their lawyer can help on their behalf with legal matters.
Our Sexual Abuse Attorneys Will Hold the Guilty Party Financially ResponsibleSexual assault, whether perpetrated by a stranger, a caregiver, a teacher, a mentor, or even a family member, is one of the most painful actions a victim can experience. Sexual abuse can leave victims with emotional and mental wounds that can last a lifetime. As a result, victims deserve to obtain compensation for their damages. Filing a lawsuit will help ensure that the victim receives the compensation they deserve and that similar behavior does not occur in your area again. A lawyer with our firm can assist you with various procedures like these:
- Establishing who might be liable
- Navigating the difficulties of concurrent criminal processes
- Collaborating with law enforcement officers
- Gathering evidence, such as witness statements
- Assessing the full extent of your losses
- Communicating with the parties involved and their representatives
- Bringing the victim's case to court if required