Child Sexual Abuse FAQ

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Common Questions About Sexual Abuse

How do you prove a molestation case?

Child sexual abuse can take many forms and be difficult to prove, especially if the physical injuries are no longer present. However, many physicians and behavioral specialists are able to spot the warning signs of sexual abuse in children and can help build a strong case against the abuser. Our lawyers are experienced in working with the right experts to help with your claim.

Can you sue a teacher for sexual abuse?

Yes. Teachers can be held liable in a civil claim for sexual abuse against minor students. Like with all civil claims for child sexual abuse, it is important to work with an attorney right away to make sure all evidence is collected and documented to help build your case.

How common is molestation of children by priests?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops John Jay Report reported roughly 11,000 molestation allegations against 4,392 priests in the U.S. Other reports indicate roughly 4 to 5 percent of all priests in the U.S. have been accused of molestation. However, it is difficult to know how common molestation is as not all cases are reported or documented.

Why do priest molest children?

This is a difficult question to answer. Studies and discussions have taken place over the last decades, stating that several reasons may be to blame for priests molesting children. Those reasons include an increase in the number of victims reporting abuse and molestation, mandatory clerical celibacy and a shortage of priests throughout the world causing the church to keep priests in the church who may be unfit.

How long do you have to file a claim?

There is a 30 year statute of limitations once the child reaches age 18.

Other Questions About Child Sexual Abuse

Online Resources - Victim Support Groups For Child Sexual Abuse

  • Adult Survivors of Child Abuse – Individual and group support program for adult survivors of physical, sexual and emotional child abuse or neglect.
  • Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. – CONNSACS is a statewide coalition of individual sexual assault crisis programs, which work to end sexual violence through victim assistance, community education and public policy advocacy.
  • Wounded Healer – TWHJ is the oldest point of presence on the Web for psychotherapists and others who have experienced the devastation of trauma including child abuse.
  • The Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program – The mission of the SCAN Program is to provide comprehensive medical and psychosocial care in a culturally sensitive manner to children who have experienced acute sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect.
  • Yale New Haven Hospital Child Sexual Abuse Program – The Yale Child Abuse Program provides evaluation and treatment of all types of child maltreatment.