Child Molestation

In line with Lisa A. Williams

about Child in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Child molestation is commonly defined as inappropriate sexual conduct with a child by an adult or someone substantially older than the child. In 2001, there were more than 85,000 substantiated cases of child sexual abuse reported to law enforcement agencies and Child Protective Services (CPS). Moreover, according to research conducted by the United States Department of Justice (Snyder, 2000), 34% of all sexual assaults reported to law enforcement involve children younger than 12, and more than 14% involve children younger than 6 years of age. These findings include only the number of cases that are reported to authorities, not how many cases will ultimately be prosecuted nor the number of cases that actually occur. Difficulties associated with prosecuting child molestation cases often occur in the reporting and investigation of these types of offenses.

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