As a survivor or care-giver of a child being abused, it is important that you understand your rights, the recourse options available to you, and how the legal justice system works in general. Below are some resources to assist you in understanding the laws of your state, reporting (past or present abuse), and obtaining legal help.
Legal Rights for Survivors (and Child Victims)
From the legal definition of “child seduction” (which covers a broad range of child sexual abuse crimes) to the statute of limitation for a particular sex crime, where you live makes a difference. The RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) legal rights database provides a clear and concise guide to the child sexual abuse laws in your state, including state-specific information on:
- Rape and Sexual Assault Crime Definitions
- Criminal Statutes of Limitations
- Termination of Rapists’ Parental Rights
- Mandatory Reporting
- Confidentiality Laws
- HIV/AIDS testing of sexual offenders
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Lawyers & Firms Specializing in Child Sexual Abuse
Below is the beginning of a list of lawyers and law firms specializing in child sexual abuse. If you have used a law firm or lawyer with extensive experience helping child sexual abuse victims, please send us their information using the form at the bottom of this page. Be sure to include whether you used the attorney/firm yourself, know another survivor who has used them or you simply have heard of them in some other way.
Attorneys for Child Victims
The National Association of Counsel for Children reviews and certifies legal professionals who are deemed to have the necessary experience and training to operate effectively in the field of child welfare law.
Search for an NACC certified Child Welfare Law Specialist in your area:
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Attorneys for Adult Survivors
USA – Georgia
Wilbanks CEASE Clinic
Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation
The University of Georgia School of Law
225 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602-6012
Our mission is to provide direct legal services to our clients in a supportive, professional environment as well as to educate and prepare the next generation of lawyers to represent survivors of child sexual abuse. As a resource center for survivors and attorneys who are seeking these claims, we form part of a movement that seeks justice for all survivors of child sexual abuse.