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Investigators, juries, judges, prosecutors and everyone else must understand that rape victims, immediately following assault, may not react with all of their normal faculties. When someone suffers a traumatic event, it may take a while for your head to clear and your heart rate to return to normal.
Child abuse laws in most states require people who know incident to report abuse to authorities. Teachers, doctors and police are usually required by law to report evidence of child abuse. A person violating these laws and failing to report sexual abuse of a child may also be liable to child for injuries suffered by child.
Many victims of sexual abuse do fully recover. This is not to suggest that they ever forget about what occurred, because they do not. However, they can, with help of family, friends, and professionals, go on with their lives and be happy again. And, it is very important that when a victim of sexual abuse comes forth and reports crime to family, friends, law enforcement, and others, that he or she be listened to in sincerest fashion possible.
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