If anyone commits any act that causes you injury, you will be involved in the case as a victim or witness. The injured witness is the person who suffered a crime. If you have suffered such an injury, but are not yet 18 years of age, your parents (or guardians/lawyers) will file a complaint—a statement in which you ask that the offenders be punished for what they did. The authority in the case will listen to you as you tell, to the best of your knowledge, what happened. This hearing is practically a witness hearing. Your parents (or guardians) can come with you and can be present at your hearing, unless it was them who actually carried out the criminal act against you.