Childhood Sexual Abuse can be broadly defined as any sexual act engaged between an adult and a child under the age of 18, or under the age of 17 in some states, including Illinois. This includes any form of intercourse, touching, pornography, exhibitionism, or any forced sexual act. Typically, behaviors that are sexually abusive involve some sort of touching or contact. However, it may be considered sexual abuse if the behaviors exhibited do not involve any physical contact, such as exposure of genitals or verbal pressure to commit a sexual act. Federal laws state that any sexual act between an adult or a minor, under the age of 18, is considered sexual abuse or assault. By law, consent to an act involving any sexual content can not be given by a minor.
ADULT VICTIMS OF CHILDHOOD SEX ABUSE
If you are an adult (i.e. having reached the age of majority, age 18 in Illinois), you may have civil or criminal remedies available to you for sexual abuse which occurred while you were a child or teenager. In Illinois, the applicable statute of limitations provides that a lawsuit for child sex abuse must be brought no later than certain expiration dates which require a statutory computation.
If you or someone you know would like to discuss a potential sex abuse claim, please contact us online or call us at 312-782-4545 for a free, confidential consultation.