Child Abuse can take many forms and each can result in criminal prosecution and civil penalties. Common forms of child abuse include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Any neglectful act that results in a child's death or any exploitation of a child constitutes child abuse.
A child is being physically abused when they are:
A child is being sexually abused when a person:
A child is being emotionally abused when the care taker:
A child is neglected when the care taker leaves the child:
The age of a child in a child abuse case can be a factor in the type of punishment you can get in a child abuse case. Also the severity of the child abuse would also be another factor in the punishment you can get in a child abuse case. You can be arrested and convicted of the crime of child abuse. Criminal consequences for child abusers include:
The likelihood of any of the above consequences depends on:
You can also be held civilly liable to the victim in a private lawsuit. You may be liable to pay the victim money for their:
If you are accused of Child Abuse, you should speak to a criminal defense attorney immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.
If you are a victim of Child Abuse, you should call the police. If there is sufficient evidence, the police will then forward your case to the District Attorney's office to prosecute the person who committed the child abuse against you.
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