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.
Contact us today!