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Being involved in a sexual abuse investigation can have serious consequences and could result in a prison sentence. It can also cause severe damage to your reputation and can put both your family and professional life in jeopardy. Seeking advice early on, from a solicitor experienced in the law surrounding sexual abuse, is vital.
When someone in a position of power or trust takes advantage of another person in order to draw them into some form of sexual activity, this is generally considered to amount to sexual abuse.
Normally, although not always, the perpetrator and the victim will know each other in sexual abuse cases. For example, sexual abuse could occur between family members, in a doctor/patient relationship, in a teacher/pupil relationship and in a priest/parishioner relationship.
The sentence for being found guilty of sexual abuse will vary due to a range of different factors, such as if their were children involved and what position of trust the perpetrator held.
Child sexual abuse is a type of sexual abuse which has been committed against a child (or a young person).
Child sexual abuse can include physical contact (for example, assault by penetration) or non-physical contact, such as encouraging children to look at sexual images or getting them to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.
Men, women and other children can all commit acts of sexual abuse.
The sexual abuse of a child can be committed by many different people, including family members, those in a position of authority or trust and adults via the internet.
This is an extremely serious crime and being involved in an investigation relating to child sexual abuse can result in severe consequences.
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Child sexual exploitation is a type of child sexual abuse and occurs when, “an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.” (Taken from the Government report ‘Working together to safeguard children’).
Again, this can include both physical contact and non-physical contact activities.
Sexual abuse investigations are often very complex and can take a long time. Being involved in a sexual abuse investigation can cause a great deal of damage to your reputation, as these types of investigations often attract a lot of press attention. Seeking advice from a solicitor experienced in this area of law, as early on as possible, will help you to achieve the best possible outcome.
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