In New York, the age of consent is 18 in most cases. If a child is under the age of 18 he or she cannot legally consent to sexual relations. Child sexual abuse is any interaction between a child and an adult (or another child) in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or an observer.
Activities that are considered child sexual abuse include touching and non-touching behaviors. A sexual assault on a child involves sexual conduct and contact by the abuser and the child or the intentional touching of a child’s private parts, the genital area, groin, inner thighs, buttocks, or breasts, either directly or on top of the clothing. Sexual abuse also occurs when the abuser has the child touch these parts of the abuser’s. A child sexual assault also includes such activities as an abuser masturbating in front of a child. Child sexual abuse can involve an abuser performing other sex acts such as oral sex on a child or having the child perform oral sex on the abuser.
Sexual exploitation or child pornography often goes unknown by parents, and is also related to the growing number of juvenile runaways, foster children, or children who feel they are not supported at home. In many cases, these children are targets for adults who prey on troubled kids. For example, the documented rate of foster children abuse in New York City is twice that of the national average. Based on information we have obtained in representing foster children who were abused while in foster care, we believe that rate of foster kids abused by foster parents or other adults is much higher. Sexual exploitation may include sex acts directly with the children, forcing children into prostitution, or using them to pose or model for films, photos, drawings, paintings and other pictorial depictions which involve obscene sexual conduct.
Any of these behaviors by adults which victimize children are deplorable acts of the most vile kind. We pledge to do our best to secure justice for victims of child sexual abuse. Call child sex abuse attorneys at Reibman & Weiner at 1-800-880-1743 today for a free consultation. There is no fee unless we are successful for your case.