Sexual assault may cause short-term trauma and long-term dysfunction.  Counseling and psychological treatment is generally recommended.  Consequences may include initial trauma, stimatization, betryayal and powerlessness.  See Kinnear, Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook‎ - While criminal predators were thought to commit crimes, many offenses involve those a child knows and trusts.  See Burgess, Sexual Assault of Children and Adolescents.  Criminal laws provide punishment and civil remedies are available. Common perpetrators can include  family members,  close friends, day care workers, school coaches, religious officials and those with ongoing supervision. Claims may be filed against the perpetrators, the facilities at which the assult was located, and those with supervisory or security responsibilities.

Statute of Limitations

Claims may sometimes be filed well after the event occurred because of the lingering impact of abuse.
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Books and Resources

Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Reference Handbook‎ - Page 261by Karen L. Kinnear

Sexual Assault of Children and Adolescents‎ by Ann Wolbert Burgess, Nicholas Groth 1978 - 250 pages

Understanding the Rape Victim: A Synthesis of Research Findings‎ - Page 47
by Sedelle Katz, Mary Ann Mazur  - 1979 - 340 pages

Demographics of Child Sexual Assault victims by Carmen Germaine Warner - Social Science - 1980 - 364 pages

Sexual Offences Against Children: Report of the Committee on Sexual Offences ...‎ - Page 642
by Robin F Badgley, Canada, Committee on Sexual Offences Against Children and Youth

Sexual Abuse of Children: A Resource Guide and Annotated Bibliography‎ - Benjamin Schlesinger - Reference - 1982 - 200 pages

Sexual Abuse of Children the offender  Harborview Medical Center

Preventing Child Sexual Assault: A Practical Guide to Talking with Children‎ by Michele Elliott, Child Assault Prevention Programme,
National Council for Voluntary Organisations (Great Britain).

Combating Child Sexual Assault: An Integrated Model : First Report  Crime Prevention Committee

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Types of Sexual Abuse Claims 

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Statute of Limitations and Sexual Abuse

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