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Child sexual abuse has a significant impact on the victim. In addition to physical damage involved in sexual abuse, resarch generally refers to four general categories of emotional or psychological “injuries” resulting from child sexual abuse, each having varied psychological and behavioral effects.
Victims of child sexual abuse often bring personal injury lawsuits against the abuser (in addition to any criminal charges the perpetrator may face from the state or local district attorneys or prosecutor's office). When a personal injury lawsuit over sexual abuse is successful, the victims can be awarded money damages for their emotional or psychological injuries like the ones described above or others. There have been several cases in which the victims of sexual abuse have been awarded millions of dollars in damages. Many states have extended their criminal and civil statutes of limitation for child sexual abuse cases. In addition, the delayed discovery rule in some cases suspends the statutes of limitation if the victim had repressed all memory of the abuse or was unaware that the abuse caused current problems.
Suspicions of child sexual abuse should be reported to a child protective services agency or law enforcement agency.
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