The Law Office of J. Michael Solar PLLC has accumulated a great deal of knowledge, skill and passion for pursuing injuries to infants, children and young adults. All injuries and deaths are the source of a great deal of pain, grief and anxiety going forward, but those instances involving the young are particularly challenging and require special knowledge, skill and care. The Law Office of J. Michael Solar PLLC has a demonstrable track record of its advocacy for children and young adults, both in its philanthropic commitments, and its excellent history of prosecuting claims on behalf of injured children.
The research and resulting statistics regarding the incidence of child sexual assaults in America is horrific. The National Center for the Victims of Crime reports that the prevalence of child sexual abuse (CSA) is difficult to determine because it is often not reported; and that experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities. CSA is also not uniformly defined, so statistics may vary.
The statistics below represent some of the research done on child sexual abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2010 found that 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted.
Sexual abuse of children is widespread
The National Center for the Victims of Crime goes on to report that studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, show that:
- 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse;
- Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;
- 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized during a one-year period in the U.S. over the course of their lifetime;
- 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
- Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13.
The Center goes on to report that in a 2003 National Institute of Justice Report, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well. A Bureau of Justice Statistics report shows 1.6 % (sixteen out of one thousand) of children between the ages of 12-17 were victims of rape/sexual assault.
A study conducted in 1986 found that 63% of women who had suffered sexual abuse by a family member also reported a rape or attempted rape after the age of 14. Recent studies in 2000, 2002, and 2005 have all concluded similar results according to the Center.
The Consequences of Sexual Abuse Are Far Reaching
Victims of child sexual abuse suffer extensive damage and will require intensive therapy to overcome the consequences of their abuse.
The National Center for the Victims of Crime reports that children who had an experience of rape or attempted rape in their adolescent years were 13.7 times more likely to experience rape or attempted rape in their first year of college; and that a child who is the victim of prolonged sexual abuse usually develops low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness and an abnormal or distorted view of sex. The child may become withdrawn and mistrustful of adults, and can become suicidal.
- Children who do not live with both parents as well as children living in homes marked by parental discord, divorce, or domestic violence, have a higher risk of being sexually abused.
- In the clear majority of cases where there is credible evidence that a child has been penetrated, only between 5 and 15% of those children will have genital injuries consistent with sexual abuse.
- Child sexual abuse is not solely restricted to physical contact; such abuse could include noncontact abuse, such as exposure, voyeurism, and child pornography.
- Compared to those with no history of sexual abuse, young males who were sexually abused were five times more likely to cause teen pregnancy, three times more likely to have multiple sexual partners and two times more likely to have unprotected sex, according to the study published online and in the June print issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.
In addition to J. Michael Solar’s over 36 years of legal experience, he is a recognized leader in the private and public healthcare arena. The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world with one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, and translational research. His service has included: membership on the Executive Committee of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Founding Director, The Menninger Clinic (One of the nation’s leading inpatient psychiatric hospitals); Founding Director, The University of Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy; and National Board member and Texas State Chairman of the Children’s Defense Fund where he has actively worked to expand healthcare for indigent children.
The Law Office of J. Michael Solar PLLC has a demonstrable track record of special care for children, both in its philanthropic commitment and its excellent record of prosecuting claims on behalf of children.
The Law Office of J. Michael Solar PLLC is committed to child advocacy!