Trusted Adult

Any form of child sexual abuse is horrifying and life-changing, to say the least, not only for the victims, but also for their families. However, when the sexual abuse occurs at the hands of “trusted” family and community members, the psychological damage caused is often even greater.

School Sexual Abuse (Public & Private)

All too often, we hear or read about instances of teacher/staff member sexual abuse (TV, internet, radio, newspaper, etc.). How many more instances take place that we do not hear or read about? Statistically speaking, approximately 10% of children in the U.S. will experience sexual misconduct by a member of their school’s staff during their school career (K-12). (AP: Sexual Misconduct Plagues U.S. Schools. MSNBC. 2007.) While this is a very sad fact indeed, even sadder is the fact that more instances of the misconduct that takes place will go unreported.

School Bullying and Sexual Harassment – Seth’s Law

School bullying and sexual harassment often go hand-in-hand and are very prevalent in the school setting; as such, they pose a very real problem for children, especially those in middle school and high school. Not only can bullying and sexual harassment in the school setting contribute to feelings of low self-esteem, depression, and a loss of interest in school; they can also lead to suicide, as exemplified by a number of cases in past five years.

Youth Sports League Sexual Abuse

Sports are a big part of many children’s lives. Sports help instill discipline and teach the value of teamwork and goal setting, among other things. Sadly, many children today have been robbed of that experience due to being sexually abused by those involved in youth sports programs.

Scout Leader (Boy Scouts) Sexual Abuse

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a widely known and very large youth organization in the U.S. Since 1910, the year BSA was founded, over 100 million Americans have been members of the BSA. (Legacy of Honor: The Values and Influences of America’s Eagle Scouts. Townley, A. 2007) Unfortunately, it is an organization that is also very populated by pedophiles looking for opportunities to sexually abuse children, whether it is during sleepovers, camping trips or other scoutmaster organized activities.

Clergy & Religious Leader Sexual Abuse

When individuals in positions of trust and/or authority, especially religious leaders, breach their trust by committing sexual acts on children, or failing to report such acts, they must be held accountable for their actions (or inaction). While nothing may ever make someone who suffered sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a priest or other religious leader completely whole again, you can help significantly reduce or altogether prevent others from being victimized by holding the individuals accountable and seeking justice for their crimes.

Day Care Sexual Abuse

It is estimated that approximately 11 million children in day care in the U.S. are under the age of five, many of whom spend, on average, around 35 hours per week in day care. (U.S. Census Bureau: Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements. 2010; 2011.) At a minimum, these children need a safe environment and constant supervision. Sadly, many day care facilities neglect to devote fully their energies to the children under their care, and/or fail to conduct thorough background checks during the hiring process. This lack of attention to detail and/or neglect can contribute to the prevalence of child sexual abuse, since a thorough background check would have revealed a sexual offender, for instance, who has now “slipped through the cracks” and has an opportunity to sexually abuse another child.

Residential Care Facility Sexual Abuse

When sexual abuse occurs at a residential care facility, often the facility can be held liable for the damages suffered by the victims. In some instances, the liability can extend to care received in the victim’s own home at the hands of a residential care facility staff member.

Sexual Abuse at Camp

While camp has been historically viewed as a safe place for children, there are also instances where a camp failed to conduct thorough background checks, or train or supervise its employees, leading to instances of sexual abuse of children. If a particular camp has failed to exercise its duty to provide a safe environment for children, the camp may be held liable for any damages suffered by a child, especially sexual abuse.

Sexual Abuse Health Care Providers

Hospitals are considered a safe-haven for the sick and injured, where doctors, nurses and other hospital staff are expected to provide patients with quality and competent care; after all, their patients’ lives are literally in their hands. Unfortunately, sexual abuse of patients does occur. It can happen to anyone, and it often happens when patients are heavily sedated and/or unsupervised by other hospital staff. Likewise, sexual abuse can be committed in doctors’ and dentists’ offices.

Foster Care Sexual Abuse

While foster care is difficult enough for a child to endure – it is even more difficult when the child experiences sexual abuse. For these children, sexual abuse can go on for years while they are in foster care because they don’t know whom to trust anymore or whom to tell.