Virginia: Sexual Abuse – a Lawyer’s Report

Virginia: Sexual Abuse – a Lawyer’s Report

The Winter 2011-2012 issue of The Safety Report features as an article “15 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM SEXUAL ABUSE”. “Some child abuse studies have reported that as many as 1 in 3 females and 1 and 6 males report experiencing some form of sexual abuse before age 17”. Id. at 38.

The article notes that the overwhelming percentage of child sexual abuse is perpetrated by someone the child knows, usually a relative. Id. at 39. It also notes that for a variety of reasons, such crime victims typically do not disclose sexual abuse for years if at all. Id.