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"Victims of child abuse do not have to rely solely on criminal prosecution to seek justice."
After a criminal case has been brought against a defendant for child abuse, the victim may have the ability to sue the defendant in civil court for monetary damages. These monetary damages can be awarded for any physical damage, emotional damage, and pain and suffering.
Some examples of child abuse include a parent locking child in room without food, physical abuse, mental abuse and sexual abuse. For purposes of child abuse, the child must be someone under age 18.
Victims of child abuse do not have to rely solely on criminal prosecution to seek justice. Instead, a civil lawsuit may be filed to seek financial recovery for the victim and it is independent from a criminal prosecution. In addition civil lawsuits may also permit claims against other legally responsible persons and entities who could have prevent the abuse.