Indecent liberties with a minor include many different acts that are sexual in nature. For very obvious reasons it is an ugly crime and once an individual is charged with it, he or she is labeled as a pervert. A minor is usually defenseless and to take advantage of someone who does not even understand what is going on is so wrong and is rightfully called a crime. This is the sort of criminal act that usually goes beyond this one charge, the suspect can also beyond taking indecent liberties, he or she can sexually assault the minor or make them indulge in child pornography.
The impact of such things on a child could be soul and mind crushing. He or she could be scarred for life and might never be able to trust anyone for years to come. As an adult, this can prevent the victim from having meaningful long-term relationships and they may have to suffer through loneliness because that’s the only way that they feel safe. This crime is usually committed by someone who is trusted by the child and his or her parents. Imagine the violation of trust that takes place when an individual decides to take indecent liberties with a child.
This crime is a class 5 felony and is treated accordingly in many states. If the offender is a direct family member then it is also termed as incest and in that case, the penalty is even stricter. Indecent liberties include acts like luring a child to do indecent actions like show his or her genitals or touch them in a provocative manner that entices the suspect and causes a perverse sexual gratification of some kind. It also includes someone else touching the child’s private parts for sexual gratification. All these actions have one thing in common and that is that the child’s personal space is violated. He or she might grow up to think that what happened to him or she was normal and they might do the same to others.
The kind of long-term impact that this crime leaves, it is highly imperative that it is tried severely. So that the victim gets some form of justice even though he or she has a long way to go until complete recovery. During all this, the victim and his or her family need a good criminal lawyer who is well versed in potential sex crimes that occur in this state and the strictest possible penalties that are given out for each. The lawyer will guide the victim and his or her family need complete support from someone who deals with such cases on a regular basis and knows how the system works and can be a crushing prosecutor.
A child is a minor who is below the age of consent, any crime against him or her should be dealt with complete harshness and no margin for error should be there on the prosecutor’s side. The child needs great justice to start believing again.