Federal laws may be used to bring criminal charges against someone who sexual abuses a child. To utilize these laws, the abuse must have happened on federal land. Federal land includes: 

  • Military bases

  • Indian territories

  • Government-owned land or properties 

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act often applies to these cases. 

Federal laws may also be used in civil cases. Read more about Title IX to get information civil cases.

* This webpage does not serve as legal advice and is intended simply to provide you with basic resources. If you find yourself amidst legal issues, consider engaging legal counsel.

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