The recent child sex abuse scandal at Penn State has brought to light many issues surrounding child abuse laws and the victim’s rights . Child abuse laws differ from state to state. Unlike Pennsylvania, Florida Statute 39.201 requires mandatory reports of child abuse and has prosecuted people for not reporting abuse.
Victims of child abuse and child sexual abuse may be entitled to damages covering financial hardships caused by the necessary professional help needed for the victim and for emotional and psychological trauma. For more information on the rights of child abuse victims or if you suspect your child has been sexually abused, contact an experienced Florida child abuse attorney. Do not attempt to handle the situation yourself and do not rely on an organization or its authorities to handle it either. As the Penn State case has proven, many times people do not act with the victim’s best interests in mind.