What Is The Difference Between a Criminal Case and a Civil Case for a Child’s Sexual Abuse?

A criminal case involves criminal charges against the perpetrator of sexual abuse, which may lead to that person being convicted of the crime and going to jail.


A civil claim involves filing a lawsuit against the abuser and all other responsible parties to recover money damages for injuries to the victim.


Obviously, no amount of money can undo the scars or return a child’s innocence. Money damages recovered in a civil lawsuit can help with medical costs such as counseling or therapy. Also, a civil lawsuit will help prevent the sexual abuser or other responsible parties from doing or allowing such harm to occur to another child.


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