Sexual Abuse Cases in the Courts

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A "Young girl" grew up holding in a secret she always thought to be her fault. She was innocent, but the act led her to believe that she was at fault. She was sexually molested for a majority of her childhood, she never told a soul until she was fifteen and told her boyfriend. She told her boyfriend because she had fear of her boyfriend not understanding why she was so protective of her body and so scared of being touched by him. A couple of years later she ends up telling her parents of her sexual abuse. The "young girl's" parents wanted something to be done, but there was one problem. The person that sexually molested the "young girl" had died years ago. What is she to do? Nothing! The "young girl" was fortunate enough to have a good soul to forgive and that was enough justice for her in this case.

The parents never made any report or never even brought it up again. So this could be considered a self solved case, but what about the many more cases of sexual abuse that occur? Many people may not even know what sexual abuse actually consists of. Child sexual abuse is contact with a child where the child is being used for sexual stimulation by the other person. Sexual abuse may also occur between children as in the case of the "young girl". This sexual activity can include obscene phone call, fondling, exposure, pornography, prostitution or rape. A national study conducted in 1990 showed that approximately 27% of girls and 16% of

In the state of Texas, all suspected cases of child abuse or neglect must be reported to child protective services and/ or the local police department. Law enforcement agencies are obligated to investigate reported cases of...