Unlike most personal injury claims, internet sex crimes are intentional criminal acts and are therefore treated as intentional torts in personal injury law. Intentional misconduct cases sometimes result in punitive damages on top of compensatory damages. The Bellingham sexual abuse lawyers at Tario & Associates will fight for the damages that you deserve.
In a ten year span between 2002 and 2012, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) child victim identification program processed more than 80 million child pornography images. There are more than 747,408 registered sex offenders in the United States, but over 100,000 of them are lost in the system. (Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2012)
While only 18 percent of minors participate in internet chat rooms, the majority of internet-initiated sex crimes against children begin in chat rooms. The sexual abuse victim’s social networking site was used by predators to gain information about the victim’s likes and dislikes in 82 percent of online sex crimes against minors. Sixty-five percent of online sex offenders used the victim’s social networking site to gain home and school information about the victim in the internet sex crimes that they committed. Twenty-six percent of online sex offenders used the victim’s social networking site to gain information about the victim’s whereabouts at a specific time. (Source: Journal of Adolescent Health 47, 2010)
Most likely because of the shame or fear associated with sexual crimes, only one in three children will report sexual crimes to an adult. Worldwide, at least 1.8 million children are used in commercial sex; many of them are sold into sexual slavery by poor families and others are abducted and trafficked into brothels. Dr. Michael Seto – Director of Forensic Rehabilitation Research at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group where he focuses on pedophilia and sexual crimes committed against children – estimated that three percent of the male population is aroused by pedophilic stimuli. Internationally, at least 200 million girls and 100 million boys will be sexually victimized before they reach adulthood. (Source: International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children)
According to a UN report, 79 percent of human trafficking is done for sexual exploitation (Source: International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, 2009)
One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before adulthood. (Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of Individual Adverse Childhood Experiences, 1995-1997)
- Thirty to 40 percent of sexual assault victims are abused by a family member.
- Fifty percent of sex abuse victims are abused by someone outside the family but whom they know and trust.
- (Source: United States Department of justice. National Institute of Justice. Youth Victimization: Prevalence and Implications, 2003)
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