Systemic sexual abuse is a type of crime involving sexual conduct. In this article, we’ll define the term “systemic sexual abuse,” give examples, and explain the laws related to it.
Systemic sexual abuse is an organized form of sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse in this context can be defined as any type of illegal sexual conduct including:
Systemic sexual abuse usually involves multiple perpetrators and multiple victims. It can be used to control, condition, or “initiate” the victims. It may be repeated frequently and is often perpetrated under the pretense of initiation into a group or as a form of spiritual expression.
Some examples of systemic sexual abuse include:
The acts involved in systemic sexual abuse, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and the sexual exploitation of children, are illegal in the United States. Each state has its own laws defining these crimes and their penalties, but they are often categorized as felonies punishable by a minimum of one year in prison.
Additionally, it may be possible to file a civil lawsuit against an institution that knew about (or should have known about) the sexual abuse but did not take action to address or stop it. Through a civil lawsuit, victims may be able to recover compensation for damages including:
If you have been a victim of systemic sexual abuse, it is recommended that you contact a sexual assault lawyer experienced in these types of cases. They will be able to review your case and advise you about the next steps.