sexual assault awareness month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

Did you know the month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)? At Central Florida Bonding we want to educate our followers on this important initiative.

Over the years we have seen hundreds of cases involving sexual assault and domestic violence.

Sexual assault can encompass many different things including:

•Rape
•Sexual violence
•Sexual harassment
•Molestation
•Human Trafficking
•Unwanted sexual contact
•Incest
•Fondling
•Attempted rape

Thanks to The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, their efforts focus on coordinating the national Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign. In the beginning, the emphasis was on awareness. The focus was on what sexual assault consists of and how to stop it along with how to change behaviors. The cornerstone for the campaign focuses on two primary goals: awareness and prevention. Throughout the years, the campaign has grown to include expanding the message to parents, religious leaders, coaches, and others. The focus for 2021 is on building safe online spaces. Most people (mature adults and our youth) are online, and many have access through their portable device, phone or tablet.

This open field of online access has been a haven for crooks to prey on innocent victims. Unfortunately, sexual assault and rape are under reported. Around 1 in 5 women in the U.S. have experienced rape or an attempted rape. Most of these sexual assault attempts take place at or near the victim’s home (often by someone they know). We encourage people to call the RAINN hotline if they need help. That number is 1-800-656-4673 or visit online at https://www.rainn.org/resources for more resources. We encourage our followers to stay vigilant and educate others as much as possible about sexual assault and how to be safe. We hope parents will educate their children and extended family members. Sexual assault is not ok, and helpful resources are available for both the victims and the defendants.

Our Orlando bail bonds office is located at 2911 39th Street, Suite 300, in Orlando, Florida. Our bail bond agency serves all of Central Florida including Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, and Brevard counties. We have helped clients from all across Florida bail out of jail, we can help you too. Please call us at 407-841-3646 to start the bail bond process.

All of our bail bond agents at Central Florida Bonding are experienced and knowledgeable. They are here to help you navigate the ins and outs of the bail bond process. No matter what charge you are facing such as domestic violence, sexual assault, battery, DUI, drug trafficking, driving with a suspended license and several other charges, we can help! Don’t go it alone. We have been serving Central Florida since 1979. Rely on our experience to get you out of jail. We can assist you with paperwork, answer questions regarding the criminal justice system, and explain the bail bond process to you.

Our bail bond agency is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year. A bail bond agent is available to assist you no matter the time of day or night. Please call us at 407-841-3646 to start the bail bond process.

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Reporting Child Abuse

Are Tensions in Your Home Running Hot?

Believe it or not, the reporting of child abuse and neglect has decreased during the pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean that there are less abuse cases and victims. Typically, many cases of abuse are reported by school personnel or care givers. Due to the pandemic these interactions have been limited or non-existent, so abuse and neglect continues but is going unnoticed.

Families have been impacted by the closure of schools, the lack of social interaction, the potential loss of income, the loss of caregivers, and an increase in stress. Children are being left home alone while their parents go to work or left to fend for themselves while their parents are sleeping. In some families whose children are virtual learning, the students are left home alone all day while parents work with the expectation their kids are doing their school-work. Often this is not the case, the kids are not logging on and not attending school virtually. In other cases, parents are taking out their frustrations on their children in the form of abuse.

Can Child Abuse Be A Criminal Offense?

Due to this long list of limitations thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, abuse and neglect continue to increase. This is contrary to what may appear in reported cases.

Central Florida Bonding wants to make you aware that child abuse and child neglect can be classified as a criminal offense. According to the Florida Statutes, child abuse is defined as, “Intentional infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child, an intentional act that could reasonable be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child or active encouragement of any person to commit an act that results or could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child.” Child neglect is defined as, “A caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health, including, but not limited to, food, nutrition, clothing, shelter, supervision, medicine, and medical services that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child.”

What Are the Penalties For Child Abuse in Florida?

Penalties for child abuse in Florida can include fines, prison time, and probation. The sentence varies depending on whether the crime is child abuse, aggravated child abuse, neglect of a child that does not result in great bodily harm, and neglect of a child that does result in great bodily harm. The defendant’s criminal history also comes into factor. If convicted, the defendant could lose parental rights.

If you know or suspect child abuse or neglect and the child is in immediate danger, please call 911. Otherwise, please call the abuse hotline at 1-800-962-2873 to report abuse.

Our staff here at Central Florida Bonding offers bond for charges of child abuse, child neglect, domestic violence, DUI, assault, battery, theft, drugs, drug trafficking, traffic misdemeanors and more. Our bail bondsmen are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year. Please call us at 407-841-3646 to start the bail bond process.

All of our bail bondsmen at Central Florida Bonding are experienced and knowledgeable. They are ready to assist you with paperwork, explain the bail bond process, and answer any questions you may have regarding the criminal justice system. We serve all of Central Florida and have helped clients from Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, and Osceola counties. We have been providing our services to Central Florida since 1979. Don’t stay in jail. Instead, trust the professionals at Central Florida Bonding to bond you out of jail quickly. Rely on our experience and expertise. Please contact us today at 407-841-3646 to start the bail bond process.