The specific laws pertaining to child molestation varies from state to state, therefore, what may be deemed as acceptable in one state would be unacceptable in another. For example, in the state of Texas, the age difference between parties must be at least three years for the sexual interactions to be categorized as a crime. In other examples, Ross Cheit, (as cited by Morin) proposes that child molestation is a capital offense and therefore has a maximum sentence of life behind bars. However, in Rhode Island, only a few people have served any significant time in jail.
Child molestation includes actions such as “touching, fondling, kissing in a sexual manner, oral sex, masturbation and digital or penile penetration of rectum or vagina.” (Child Molesters) Two factors are extremely important in any discourse on child molestation. Firstly, children very rarely lie about being molested It is unusual for a child to be able to give details of a sexual act without first experiencing it either through pornographic influence or actual participation.
Secondly, children never outgrow the trauma that is caused by child molestation. Who then are the persons responsible for causing this lifelong trauma? Wooden, an investigative reporter, interviewed hundreds of convicted child molesters in American prisons. He discovered that the individuals who fit the profile of child molester are those who are males, females, young, old, rich, poor, black, white, professionals and non-professionals. Thus, he discovered that child molesters come from every creed and race, every class and color and every gender. There is also no discrimination in the age of the molester. The US Justice Department and Customs Postal Inspectors revealed that child molesters cover 44 percent of all the occupations recorded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Often, it is the people who are known and trusted by the children that molest them. They may or may not be known by other family members. .