If you or a loved one was sexually abused by a teacher or another school official, you may be entitled to monetary damages for physical and emotional trauma, medical bills, lost wages and other losses. We are currently working with some of the more qualified sexual abuse attorneys in the country, who charge no legal fees until you receive a settlement or award. Feel free to call us toll free anytime or visit us online for your free consultation.
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School employees are trusted with the care and teaching of our children. Parents trust that schools will only hire employees who care about children and they trust that teachers and coaches will protect their children. Sadly, children have become victims of sexual abuse by the very adults they are supposed to trust. Schools provide an environment where employees spend hours with students and have a great amount of access to students. This becomes a dangerous environment when a school employee is a sexual abuser. Sexual abuse cases can happen at private or public schools. Adults with access to children at school include:
- School administrators
- Sports coaches
- Field trip chaperones
In the past, sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against private schools because they have not used the best hiring and safeguards. These schools may not have adequate screening processes for hiring teachers, such as background checks, checking references, or requiring teaching certifications and licenses. Also, the school may lack adequate safeguards. For example, the layout of the classroom or the school building may provide too much privacy. Also, a school may lack adequate supervision at its entrances and throughout its halls. Another problem is that private schools have concealed reports of sexual abuse in order to protect their reputation. This has allowed teachers to continue teaching at their current schools or other schools even though they are a threat to children.
There are about 3 million public school teachers in the United States. The majority of these teachers do their jobs to the best of their ability. However, in a 50-State 5-year survey, the Associated Press discovered that 2,750 educators had been punished due to sexual misconduct. The survey tracked sexual misconduct among educators between the years of 2001 and 2005. This study revealed that California had the most cases of sexual misconduct with 313 cases and South Dakota had the least cases of sexual misconduct with only 1 case (i).
Do You Need a Lawyer for Sexual Abuse Injuries at School?
If you or a loved was sexually abused by a school employee, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer. Our law firm is working with lawyers around the country who have experience handling these types of cases. A school sexual abuse lawsuit can be filed on your behalf and there are no legal fees until you receive a settlement or award for your mental and physical injuries.
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- (i) Associated Press, 50-State 5-Year Survey.