Texas Daycare Abuse Statistics
According to the Census Bureau, a third of young children in America receive child care from a non-relative regularly. This means that more Texas working parents are entrusting their children to daycare facilities on a day-to-day basis. But what should be the logical course of action when these entrusted facilities breach the trust of hardworking parents?
Parents who suspect that their child has become victim of child sexual abuse in a daycare should contact one of our Texas sexual abuse attorneys at Carabin Shaw as soon as possible. One of our sexual abuse lawyers will help hold these institutions accountable for the pain and suffering endured by your child and your family.General Facts and Statistics About Daycare Abuse
Daycare quality is one of the most significant indicators of a trustworthy child care facility. Before selecting a child care institution, it is important for parents to know some facts and figures about these institutions. While a significant percentage of these facilities safeguard their children and provide superior care, negligence and abuse is still far too common.
The following is a list of facts and figures composed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Out of 5,321 cases of child abuse in daycares reported by 39 states, 21.9% were cases of sexual abuse.
- In 91% of child sexual abuse cases, the abuser is a person known to the victim’s family.
- 2,237 daycare providers were found to be abusing or neglecting children in 2017.
- Texas has one of the highest numbers of reported daycare abuse cases in the nation.
In 2018, an article in the Texas Tribune reported that according to an Austin American-Statesman investigation, more than 450 children had been sexually abused under the supervision of a child care facility in the state of Texas. Since that report, the Texas government has passed several pieces of legislation addressing daycare safety so that institutions that fail to report or stop the sexual abuse of children are held accountable for negligent supervision.
Our knowledgeable team of Texas daycare abuse lawyers not only are experts in child sexual abuse law, but also understand that sexual abuse can leave lifelong psychological scars. Knowing this, they can structure a lawsuit seeking financial compensation for the child’s current medical expenses as well as any future expenses in the form of counseling or therapy.
Any adult who is responsible for a child’s care, custody, or welfare can be held liable for negligence in a sexual assault and/or molestation case. If you have questions about liability, a legal expert from our team of child injury attorneys in Texas will offer compassionate guidance and advice about your specific experience during your free initial consultation.Institutions that May be Held Liable for Child Sexual Abuse
The first entity that will be held liable for child sexual abuse will be the perpetrator of the abuse. Any adult who has sexually engaged with a child by touching, kissing, fondling, rubbing, or manipulating a child into committing any form of sexual act can be held liable for molestation and child sex abuse, both criminal offenses.
Besides the perpetrator, any child-care institution that neglected to safeguard your child’s safety can also be held accountable. A private/public daycare facility, church organization, youth recreation program, or other institution where children should be safe may also be sued for personal injury.
While the predator will usually face criminal charges, a personal injury attorney can sit down with you and discuss liability as well as identify potential defendants in a civil lawsuit. Through a meticulously crafted case, you and your child can receive monetary compensation for the sustained injuries caused by the abuser and negligent daycare.Expert Legal Guidance from Carabin Shaw | Free Case Review
If you suspect that your child has been inappropriately touched at a daycare facility or has fallen to other forms of sexual abuse, a sexual abuse lawyer can help.
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