Legal Representation for Child Abuse or Neglect
Institutional Child Abuse Lawyers
One of the most devastating and tragic events that happens every day in Arizona is the institutional abuse or neglect of children, which often leaves innocent victims scarred for life, both physically and emotionally. Institutional child abuse or neglect cases can be very difficult. It is important to get the help of an experienced and compassionate attorney to guide you through the process.
The lawyers at Mick Levin, PLC can help you in your time of need. If you have been injured by child abuse or know someone who has, do not hesitate to contact us. We will let you know if you have a case against the abuser, and if so, will use all of our force and might to support you in finding justice.
What is Institutional Child Abuse?
When any professional person, teacher, group, or organization inflicts or allows the infliction of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment on a vulnerable child, this is considered institutional child abuse or neglect. All states have child abuse reporting laws that mandate child protection and law enforcement involvement with any reasonable suspicion of child victimization. Everyone working with children are required to be aware of the laws in their jurisdiction regarding child abuse reporting, and to act accordingly.
Tragically, any institution that allows frequent and unsupervised adult contact with children will result in a certain percentage of adults violating this trust by abusing or neglecting youth. A comprehensive study was conducted a few years ago for the US Department of Education by Dr. Charol Shakshaft at Virginia Commonwealth and revealed that child abuse by public school teachers has been more common than those among Catholic priests. This research also demonstrated that school administrators, like Catholic officials, often moved offending teachers around to other schools and districts when accusations or suspicions arose, which then created opportunities for additional child abuse in multiple locations.
High profiles cases of child sexual abuse by coaches (such as at Syracuse and Penn State Universities) further illustrate that child abuse occurs potentially wherever adults have access to and control over children. Thus, abuse of children is not confined to any one institution but can be found at remarkably high levels everywhere, including religious traditions, public and private schools, youth sports, scout organizations, and so forth.
Institutional Child Abuse Includes:
Physical abuse — non-accidental physical injuries such as bruises, broken bones, burns, cuts or other injuries. These may be caused by shaking, kicking, hitting, burning, or any other type of bodily harm.
Sexual abuse — sex acts performed with children. Using children in pornography, prostitution or other types of sexual activity is also sexual abuse. This may include exhibitionish, forced viewing of sexual acts, sexual videos, games, pictures or other images, and any other lewd behavior.
Emotional abuse — evidenced by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal or improper aggressive behavior as diagnosed by a medical doctor or psychologist, and caused by the acts or omissions of the caretaker. Causes may include vulgar language, yelling, name calling, shouting, making fun of, belittling or degrading a child.
Neglect — children not given necessary care for illness or injury. Neglect could also include leaving young children unsupervised or alone, locked in or out of a building, or without adequate clothing, food, or shelter. Allowing children to be held in a filthy environment could be a health hazard that may also be considered neglect.
Exploitation — the use of a child for material gain.
Abandonment — the the failure to provide reasonable support and to maintain regular contact with the child, including providing normal supervision, when such failure is intentional and continues for an indefinite period.
Child abuse is a broad terms that covers many different crimes committed against children. When the mistreatment of a child is very obvious, and you are need of a knowledgeable, compassionate attorney, please contact us at Mick Levin, PLC.