Sexual assault/molestation is not just a crime for adults. Unfortunately, many juveniles increasingly are being faced with sexual assault crimes. Typically, we do not associate child molestation with juvenile perpetrators. Sadly, these crimes do occur and the consequences can be as severe as adults facing the same charges. Children, depending on their age, severity of the crime, and their placement post admission or finding of true may be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. A life time registration for acts committed as a "child" can leave a deep impact and must be avoided at all costs.
Child on child sexual abuse is a form of sexual abuse in which a prepubescent child is sexually abused by another child, whereas, no adult is involved. This type of abuse should not get confused with normative sexual play or anatomical curiosity e.g. "playing doctor" because child on child sexual abuse is a deliberate act intended for sexual stimulation. Unfortunately, the frequency of this type of abuse is not known, as many incidences do not get reported or are dismissed by adults as child curiosity.
When these crimes are charged they can shake the very foundation of a family. The children who are accused whether true or not are subjected to the same dehumanizing ridicule as their adult counterparts, unfortunately, as children many lack the emotional maturity to process it. Representing a child accused of sexual assault/molestation requires more than just knowledge and experience. It is important that the attorney use appropriate expressions as the attorney must endeavor to decrease the psychological affects of a child who has been accused of these horrific crimes.
I have represented all ages against sex crimes, from as young as eleven (11) to the elderly in assisted living homes. No matter what the age, these types of crimes can be daunting, especially for children. A good attorney must not only understand the laws surrounding the charged crime but also the child themselves. As discussed above, just being accused of these types of crimes can have a crippling physiological effect on the child.
If you or your loved one is being charged with "child on child sexual abuse" call for a free consultation.