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FORMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

  • Sexual conduct or misconduct, sexual abuse or molestation, sexual exploitation, sexual touching, sexualized interaction, sexual comments about a person's body, or other verbal or non-verbal behaviors that facilitated, contributed to, or led up to abuse, regardless of whether or not such behavior was itself sexual or against the law, and regardless of whether the child thought the behavior was sexual abuse at the time.
  • Sexual abuse includes behavior between a child and an adult and between a child and another child, in each instance without regard to whether such activity involved explicit force, whether such activity involved genital or other physical contact, and whether the child associated the abuse with any physical, psychological, or emotional harm.
  • Sexual abuse involves behaviors including penetration or fondling of the child's body, other body-on-body contact, or non-contact, behaviors such as observing or making images of a child's naked body, showing or making pornography, or having children behave in sexual behavior as a group.
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Requesting personal sexual favors for "rewards"
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ABOUT YOUTH ORGANIZATIONAL SEXUAL ABUSE

Sexual abuse occurs when there is undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another, this is also referred to as molestation. It often happens by taking advantage or using force on another. When force is of short duration or immediate, or infrequent it is called sexual assault.

In recent years there have been many sexual abuse allegations against teachers, professors, administrators, coaches, members of the Catholic Church, and others in a position of power within organizations and intuitions. For example…

Schools & Universities:
The University of Michigan (UM) is gathering complaints from former students who were sexually assaulted by Dr. Robert Anderson, a physician employed by UM from 1968 until 2003. More than 100 reports from former student-patients allege that Dr. Anderson engaged in sexual abuse during the time he was employed by UM. There has also been a lawsuit filed recently against the New York School for the Deaf alleging that dorm supervisor Joseph Casucci sexually abused them between 1964 and 1975. There have been recent accusations against a former assistant principal at a high school in New York, leading universities including Yale, Dartmouth, and Ohio State University; and so on and so on.

Catholic Church & non-Catholic clergy:
More than 18,000 survivors have come forward with their stories of sexual abuse at the hands of US Catholic Church clergy. So far dioceses and religious orders have been forced to pay settlements totaling more than $3 billion. In August 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report detailing the widespread cover-up of child sexual abuse across six Catholic dioceses: Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton. There have also been half a dozen lawsuits filed recently against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego accusing now-deceased clergy of sexually abusing 20 men and women decades ago. Lawsuits are being filed by clergy sexual abuse victims in the states of California, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania to name a few.

Regrettably, a majority of sexual abuse victims do not report their offenders for a variety of reasons. Sexual abuse survivors are also often reluctant to discuss their abuse – even years later.
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Types of organizations where abuse could happen:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • Churches
  • Religious Schools
  • Religious Organizations
  • YMCA
  • YWCA
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Youth Camp Organizations
  • Youth Sports Organizations
  • Schools
  • Day Care Providers
  • Health Care Providers
  • Beauty Pageant Organizations
  • Other Businesses or Organizations

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Signs of Youth Organization Abuse can manifest in numerous ways. Children are typically honest about how they feel. If they're experiencing physical pain, or are upset about something, they will likely express it in some way. Sadly, child predators also impose their will on children who don't have the ability to communicate. In addition, some predators convince children that abusive behavior is normal, making it less likely that children will speak up. However, there are many indisputable signs that may indicate that abuse has occurred. They include, but are not limited to:

Disrupted sleep and frequent nightmares
May seem withdrawn or distant
Depression, fear, anxiety, and mood swings
Loss of appetite or other changes in eating habits
Cuts, bruises, abrasions, skin discoloration, and burns
Pain, bleeding, or unusual discharge from the genitals
Sudden bed wetting
Running away from home
Drug or alcohol addiction
Self-injury

TAKE ACTION

Lawsuits are currently being filed by abuse victims across the United States. Victims who were abused across the country, need to speak up! If you or a loved one have been sexually abused while in a youth organization, you might be eligible for financial compensation for your pain and suffering. Don’t suffer in silence. Fill out a no-cost claim review to see if you are eligible to receive compensation. – complete the free and easy claim review form today.

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