Being caught and convicted are two different things. As discussed above, corroboration of a sex abuser’s behavior by other witnesses is often essential to successful civil and criminal prosecution. Sometimes, sex abusers have varied methods of abuse. To the extent that others come forward who can substantiate a fact or methods of abuse used by the sex abuser, the sex abuser or the institution who harbored the sex abuser is far more likely to have to concede that the abuse occurred, especially when it comes to institutional liability. Additional persons who were victims who speak up are crucial to holding the institutions such as hospitals, clinics, or ambulance companies accountable.
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