Child sexual abuse is a type of child abuse that involves harming a minor (someone under the age of 18 and sometimes 21) through sexual activity. The misconduct is carried out by either an adult or adolescent towards a child, and minors cannot consent to sexual activity, no matter the type or form of sexual activity. Acts of child sex abuse have a lasting impact on victims that traumatize them for years on end, sometimes lasting their entire lifetime.
The majority of crimes of sexual abuse are committed by someone a minor knows, trusts, and/or respects. Survivors who endured sexual abuse as a minor often grapple with the physical, emotional, and mental impact of the abuse for the rest of their lives, especially if they were abused by a family member, loved one, or respected adult. Complications survivors have faced include PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, drug abuse, suicidal tenancies, etc.
Many child sex abuse victims do not understand that they have been sexually abused until many years later, because at the time they were young or confused about what happened. Numerous child sex abuse cases go unreported for this very reason, and abusers are left unaccounted for their crimes.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) categorizes child sex abuse as some of the following acts:
We understand that filing a civil lawsuit cannot undo the trauma of the past, but it can hold your abuser and affiliated institutions responsible for their involvement in your abuse. You are not limited to only suing your abuser, but can also sue any person or institution/organization that may be directly or indirectly involved in your abuse. Many times, organizations and institutions that child sex abusers are affiliated with hide away or do not report incidents of child sex abuse, making them as much to blame as a child's abuser.
Examples of people and/or organizations/institutions you could sue are:
Some survivors file a civil suit against their abuser(s) to raise awareness of the sexual abuse problem and have their day in court. Many child sex abuse survivors sue to pursue needed financial compensation to help recover from pain and suffering, therapy, and other medical costs. Compensation awarded through damages awards by a jury can aid survivors in paying for expenses they never should have needed to pay because of their abuse. Survivors of sexual abuse have sued their abusers for damages including the listed below: