Definition of Child Sexual Abuse in New Jersey

Mercer County NJ Childhood Sexual Abuse Lawyers

Sexual abuse does not just affect the victim on a physical level; it can also deprive the victim of their dignity by making them feel ashamed. That’s why it is important for sexual abuse victims to seek support from other people, whether that includes family members, friends, medical professionals, or other survivors. Sometimes, that support group should include a compassionate lawyer who can help you seek justice for the harm that has been done to you.

Cohen & Riechelson is a highly respected law firm with a proven track record of success in sexual abuse cases. We have assisted sex abuse victims throughout in Mercer County, including Princeton, Hamilton, and West Windsor. Additionally, we are not afraid to handle the tough cases. In fact, when a case is too tough for another firm, CR doesn’t take “no” for an answer. Call us today to speak with a member of our litigation team.

What Constitutes “Child Sexual Abuse” under NJ Law?

“Child sexual abuse” occurs anytime an adult commits an act of sexual contact or sexual penetration with a child under the age of 18. The illegal sexual contact typically involves touching of the victim’s genitals or private parts. It does not matter if the victim’s body parts are clothed when the contact is initiated. Additionally, since a person under the age of 18 cannot legally consent to sexual contact or penetration, these acts are always illegal when they involve a child.

The intent of the abuser does matter for the purposes of a sexual abuse claim. The standard is typically that the abuser knew what they were doing when they made contact with the child and they did so for the purpose of sexual gratification.

Other Forms of Sexual Abuse in New Jersey

Using a child to make child pornography is also considered “sexual abuse.” Moreover, it is against the law to send or receive sexually explicit images of underage children.

Child sexual abuse can also include lewd behavior or indecent exposure to a child. This means that someone who exposes their genitals to a minor for the purpose of sexual gratification may be considered a sexual abuser.

Free Consultation with Trenton NJ Sex Abuse Attorneys

The attorneys at Cohen & Riechelson are passionate about representing victims of sexual abuse in New Jersey. We understand how important it is for you to get justice. Call us today to discuss your case, or fill out the online contact form to schedule a confidential meeting at our offices in Pennington or Hamilton.

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