Is your child facing sexual assault charges?
According to the national Criminal Justice Reference Service, sexual assault charges are usually brought against adults. However, recent statistics indicate that more and more instances of sexual assault are committed by minors. In the past, law enforcement has focused on preventing convicting adults of sexual assault charges. Today, law enforcement has come to realize that children and adolescents are capable of committing serious sexual crimes as well.
Juvenile Crime and Sexual Assault
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is dedicated to preventing crimes against children. In recent years, this has come to include crimes committed by children against other children. Minors and young people are often the victims of sexual assault. However, they may commit similar offenses as well. According to OJJDP, more than one third (35.5%) of juvenile sexual assault victims are assaulted by other minors. Generally speaking, juvenile sex offenders are more likely to attack victims in groups and at schools. Juvenile sex offenders victimize more males than females. Additionally, they are more likely to harm younger victims.
According to law enforcement and OJJDP, the majority of juvenile sex offenders are between the ages of 12 and 14. And extremely law percentage of young offenders (one out of every eight) are less than 12 years old and females account for about 7% of juvenile sex offenders. Offense committed by minors range from date rape, gang rapt, inappropriate touching or grabbing at school and sex with a younger child. Although many juvenile sex offenders experienced similar abuse in the past, a significant number of young sexual assault offenders have no reported history of abuse. Juvenile sexual assault offenders may commit an isolated crime or many offenses.
Factors to Consider
According to OJJDP, juvenile are more likely to commit sexual assault in groups. For example, only 13.5% of adult offenders committed a sex crime with another perpetrator. 23.9% of juvenile offenders committed a sexual offense with another offender. Statistically, children or minors who commit sexual assault victimize acquaintances or family members.
Plano Criminal Defense Attorney
Has your child been accused of committing sexual assault? If so, contact a Plano criminal defense attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today. With a top-notch lawyer on your side, you can have peace of mind that your case is in good hands. At the firm, we have years of experience handling a multitude of criminal offenses and juvenile criminal offense. If your child is convicted of a serious criminal offense, he/she may never be able to escape the stigma of having a criminal record. Additionally, sex crime convictions – such as child pornography or sexual assault – may result in serious legal penalties and sex offender registration.
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