ChIld Molestation

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The OMG lounge brings awareness to child molestation.

Child molestation is a crime involving a range of indecent or sexual activities between an adult and a child, usually under the age of 14. In psychiatric terms, these acts are sometimes known as pedophilia. It is important, however, to keep in mind that child molestation and child SEXUAL ABUSE refer to specific, legally defined actions. They do not necessarily imply that the perpetrator bears a particular psychological makeup or motive. For example, not all incidents of child molestation are perpetrated by pedophiles; sometimes the perpetrator has other motives for his or her actions and does not manifest an ongoing pattern of sexual attraction to children. Thus, not all child molestation is perpetrated by pedophiles, and not all pedophiles actually commit child molestation.

Regardless of the terminology, it is illegal for an adult to touch any portion of a child's body with a "lewd and lascivious" intent. Usually, consent is not a matter of consideration, and is not available as a defense to a charge of child molestation. Even in cases where it can be proven that the minor victim was a willing participant, a sex act or improper touching is still a crime because children cannot legally consent to anything. Criminal penalties are severe for those convicted of child molestation. According to the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT there are approx. 4million pedophilies in the US.The Justice Department reports the alarming statistic that one in four girls and one in seven boys will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18.It is difficult, to accurately assess the number of child molesters because many child molesters are not caught.

*credits & resources*:"Amber Plan." National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.www.missingkids.com

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