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Differences Between Civil Lawsuits vs. Criminal Lawsuits

There are two different bodies of law within the United States justice system: civil and criminal. A civil case is brought when someone commits a tort, or wrongdoing, that results in injury or harm to another person. A criminal case is filed when someone breaks a law or commits a criminal offense. Understanding this difference is important if you are the victim…

Age of Consent Laws in Kansas 

Age of consent laws are critical in sexual assault and abuse cases. Consent is someone’s agreement to participate in sexual activity. Engaging in sexual acts with someone without that person’s consent is a crime. If an individual is younger than the age of consent in a particular state, he or she cannot legally agree to sexual activity. The age of consent in…

What Is 59-29a01: Kansas’ Sexually Violent Predator Act?

In 1994, Governor Joan Finney signed the Kansas Sexually Violent Predator Act into law with the goal of abating the nationwide wave of repeat violent sexual offenses. This act allows for the civil confinement of certain people who have been classified as sexually violent predators after the conclusion of their criminal sentences. Although the passing of this law was met with some…

Mandated Reporting for Crimes Against Children in Kansas 

Everyone has a responsibility to look out for the safety, health and welfare of children in their communities. Under Kansas law, however, certain individuals have a legal obligation to report suspicions of child sexual abuse or neglect. These individuals are known as mandated reporters, and they can face penalties for failing to speak up if they suspect certain crimes against children. Find…

How to Report Child Abuse and Neglect to Kansas Authorities

Child abuse and neglect are crimes that continue to pervade America. With the month of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is incredibly important to recognize the importance of spreading awareness and bringing communities together to prevent child abuse and neglect. Find out how to spot and report child abuse or neglect in Kansas to keep the children in your…

Differences Between Child Molestation and Sexual Abuse 

Sex crimes against children take many forms and have various definitions. While the phrases “child molestation” and “child sexual abuse” may be used interchangeably, there are key differences that separate them as two different crimes on a legal level in Kansas – with different penalties for perpetrators. Learn this distinction if you are a parent, guardian or another concerned adult who suspects…

How to Respond If Your Child Has Been Sexually Assaulted

Parents whose child has suffered sexual assault can fear to challenge large institutions such as schools. Learn the effective strategies your family can take.

Sexual Assaults at Military Schools Continue to Increase

Claims of sexual assaults at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy have increased by nearly 50 percent since 2016.

Secrecy Hurts Sexual Abuse Victims in Private Schools

America’s private schools often succeed in covering up sexual abuse of their students. Learn how this happens and what can be done to fight back.

Public Schools Will Not Help Student Victims of Sexual Abuse

In many places, the law allows public schools to ignore their duty to prevent student sexual abuse. See what can be done to get justice anyway.

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