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Child Sexual Abuse Attorney Austin – Travis County Child Abuse Charge

Texas protects it’s children and takes sexual abuse cases very seriously especially when a child is involved. If you have been accused of sexually abusing a child, this is a serious matter which can affect your personal, social and work life. Contact our law firm today if you have been accused of such a charge. We can provide you with a free consultation via email or phone. 

In case you’re already facing child sex abuse charges, these are the questions that may occur to you about what it means and what may come next.

 

Q1: What is child sexual abuse?

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) terms child sexual abuse as any interaction between an adult and a child, or a child with a younger child wherein the child is exploited physically or emotionally for the sexual stimulation or satisfaction of the perpetrator or any other observer.

Sexual abuse pertains but is not limited to, direct physical touching, kissing, inappropriate contact, fondling or otherwise stimulation of the sexual organs. The NCTSN also reports that in many cases, the sexual offender is liable to receive gratification by just exposing themselves to a child, or by observing a child in various states of undress. Many offenders do not rely on physical force; rather they coerce or otherwise manipulate the child into non-contact abuses like voyeurism, indecent exposure or child pornography.

 

Q2: What are child sex abuse charges in Texas?

According to the Texas Penal Code 22.011, sexual abuse cases are most serious if they involve a child i.e. anyone under the age of 17. Depending on the specifics of the crime, it could result in hefty fines up to $10,000, jail time for 2 to 20 years and is registered as a sex offender.

 

Q3: How common is child sexual abuse?

The National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington DC reports that almost 20 percent of girls and 5 percent of boys are a victim of sexual abuse by an adult. The most vulnerable ages are 7 to 13, but almost 16% of 14 to 17 year-olds face child abuse. In conclusion, it’s a big problem in the country.

 

Q4: Who is the usual offender in child sex abuse cases?

Statistics show that in almost 75 to 90 percent of child sex abuse cases, the offender is a member of the child’s family or a trusted person outside the family. In most cases, not a stranger.

The majority of sex offenders are male, although up to 20 percent are committed by female offenders.

Multiple cases have been received where the perpetrator was actually another child or teenager, under the age of 17, exploiting a younger child.

 

Q5: Must child sex abuse always involve the use of force?

No. multiple cases have shown that sex offenders avoid using physical force, rather coerce or entice the victim into performing sexual acts.

 

Q6: Why am I falsely accused of child sex abuse?

False child sexual abuse claims are most often made in cases where leverage is needed over another person, mostly in child custody battles, divorces, etc. Adults may either force the child to make a false claim, or the child can misconstrue the nature of a relationship and claim false sexual abuse.

 

Q7: If I’ve been falsely accused, can I successfully fight my legal battle without tarnishing my reputation and receiving extensive punishment?

In case you have been falsely accused of this crime, you can hire an experienced sex crimes defense attorney to represent you in court and help you with legal matters. Contact Shrum Law Offices to hire an attorney with extensive experience in all areas of criminal defense.

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