Child molestation has been going on since the beginning of recorded history, but it is only now with the advent of communications technology that the true scope of the crime has become apparent. Statistics show startling information regarding child molestation and the perpetrators of these crimes. It is estimated that currently, 1 in 5 young girls and 1 in 20 young boys, will be a victim of childhood sexual abuse by the time they reach maturity. Self-report studies of adults show that 20% of women and up to 10% of men recall an incident of childhood sexual abuse.
Who Perpetrates These Crimes?
If we knew who was going to commit sexual abuse before they were able to, then the world we live in would be a much safer place. Unfortunately, we don’t, so the only thing we can do is look to statistics to help us understand how we can keep our children safe from abuse.
Some Statistics On Child Molestation in the United States
- 90% of childhood sexual abuse victims knew their abuser
- 30% of childhood sexual abuse victims were abused by a family member
- 20% of perpetrators are under the age of 18
- Over 95% of reported perpetrators are male
Following the heavily reported scandal in the Catholic church, people finally woke up to the abuse that was taking place in their neighborhoods and community centers. Laws have been passed and federal dollars have been spent trying to save our country’s children from this abuse. As the government cracked down, abusers switched their strategy and have begun traveling to less policed countries across the globe in their twisted search. This terrible phenomenon is called child sex tourism and it is a growing problem across the globe.
Child Molestation Crimes in CA
- PC Section 288(a) – Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child Under the Age of 14
- PC Section 288(b) – Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Minor by Force or Fear
- PC Section 288(c) – Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child Age 14 or 15
- PC Section 647.6 – Annoying or Molesting a Child
- PC Section 288a – Oral Copulation with a Minor
- PC Section 288.4 – Soliciting a Minor for Lewd Purposes
- PC Section 288.5 – Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child
- PC Section 288.7 – Sex with a Child Under the Age of 10
- PC Section 290 – Sex Offender Registration
Every single one of the above represents a serious criminal charge that will have a lasting impact on anyone convicted. You will be required to register as a sex offender, and depending on the severity of the act committed, it will likely be for life. The recidivism rate for child molesters is unusually high when compared to other crimes, and in response, the government has taken drastic steps to make it difficult for convicted child molesters to continue perpetrating their crimes.
Have You or a Loved One Been Charged with a Sex Crime?
If you have been charged with one of the crimes listed above and are found guilty, you will be required to register as a sex offender. A conviction will follow you for the rest of your life and could make finding a place to live or work difficult. Our criminal lawyer in Sacramento will fight to build a convincing case, and will do all they can to ensure the best possible outcome. Call us today for a free consultation!