Abusing Children Via the Internet
Child abuse has long been a problem, but the internet has opened up doors for more abuse to occur.
There are a few problems with this technology. One is that it makes it harder to capture those guilty of committing the crime. The other reason is that laws have a very difficult time keeping up with technology. This makes it harder for some people to prosecute against those who are guilty of abusing children online though a good attorney is able to make a case to bring abusers to justice. Let’s take a look at what abusing children via the internet entails and what the laws about child abuse are in New Jersey.
The first thing to address is what online abuse actually is. This is defined as any type of abuse that takes place anywhere online. Online abuse can happen through social media accounts, smartphones, and through online gaming. The victims of online abuse will often face emotional abuse, cyber bullying, sexual exploitation, and sexual abuse. The child could be abused solely online or it could be abuse that they normally face that carries over into the Internet. One of the problems with this is that it can be accomplished by someone the child knows or a total stranger.
Another big issue is something known as “grooming”. Grooming is where a stranger builds a friendly relationship with the child for the purpose of exploiting them sexually and may even be a part of a human trafficking ring. This is something that can be very difficult for the child to escape without any help, but they may not come forward about this abuse as children are often too scared to discuss these matters with anyone.
In the state of New Jersey, much like other states across the nation, child abuse is taken very seriously. There are often hefty fines and jail sentences for those people who abuse children. When a child is abused via the internet, you will not notice any physical injuries as you would if there was abuse going on at home (unless it is going on in person and online). You should look at the behaviors of the child as you would with emotional abuse, such as the child being withdrawn, depressed, or if the child is displaying aggression that is unlike their usual behaviors. Everyone who knows about abuse going on is a mandatory reporter, making it illegal to keep quiet about these matters.
If you fear that your child is being abused online, there are legal resources that you can have on your side. Sometimes the police may not get you the results that you need, so having an attorney that can help you with these very complex laws regarding online child abuse can be a great asset for you to protect your children. In some cases, you may be told that this is a civil matter, which makes an attorney who specializes in this field an even more important asset for you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Allison Williams, Esq.
Allison Williams, founder of The Williams Law Group is a leading attorney in the area of DYFS defense and DCPP defense. Ms. Williams is a thought leader who specializes in child advocacy, child abuse and child neglect cases and has brought many changes and updates to the child welfare branch of law.
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