July 8, 2012
Strayer University, Chamblee Campus
Child molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation. Many people may consider this activity as rape. This form of child abuse includes pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities with the adult. The effects of this behavior can include depression, stress disorder, and physical injury towards the child that could possibly lead the child to death. Studies suggest that more children suffer abuse and neglect; girls are mostly the victims of sexual abuse, including boys today.
In Georgia, there are over twenty types of sexual offenses, such as child molestation and aggravated child molestation. A person commits the offense of child molestation when such person does any immoral act to or in the presence of any child under the age of 16 years with the intent to satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person. Also transmitting images of a person, inducing, or participating in any immoral act to a child under the age of 16; for example, a 15 year old girl sending naked photos to a 34 year old man or vice versa through via cell phone is considered child molestation. “If the victim is at least 14 but less than 16 years of age and the person convicted of child molestation is 18 years of age or younger and is no more than four years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall not be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Section 17-10-6.2” (§ 16-6-4 - Child molestation; aggravated child molestation). With that being said, the victim must be at least 16 of age in order to be involve with a partner who is four years or older with the victim’s decision.
A person is convicted of the offense of aggravated child molestation when the victim is at least 13 but less than years of age. The person that is convicted of child molestation is 18 years of age or...