ABC 7 NY has reported that several students have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against employees at Babylon High School located at 50 Railroad Ave, Babylon, NY 11702.
After a staff member at the high school was let go, a former student felt the need to tell her story of sexual abuse that allegedly took place at the high school over a long period. The 28-year-old victim recalled the abuse starting in 2010 and continued after her second year at college. Her abuser was her track coach, and she remembers how he first began to groom her by telling her she was special. Quickly the abuse turned physical, and he even sat her down one day and told her "he was going to take [her] virginity." After she graduated high school, she said that the abuse continued with him visiting her weekly for sex.
A second victim told reporters that her tennis coach abused her. She alleged that the abuse included the coach inappropriately smacking the girls in the butt with the racket and twirling it between their legs. At one point, she accused him of trying to kiss her.
Many students told their stories in front of a school board meeting. They also held a student walkout. As of this time, only five employees were reassigned to work at home as the investigation continues.
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Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents victims of school sexual abuse. He often helps victims abused by people in positions of trust, such as teachers and other school staff members. Laurence recently explains the requirements for filing a lawsuit for sexual abuse at a school.
"Parents send their children to school with the notion that they are going to be protected by the school officials. In fact, it is a legal duty for the school to provide a safe learning environment for its student body. This includes preventing them from enduring the heinous crimes of sexual predators. It is their obligation to implement safety measures to reduce the chances of this happening on campus. This might include video surveillance, conducting background checks, and adhering to proper protocols for reporting misconduct. Too often, we see incidents of sexual abuse within the school at the hands of teachers and coaches. Without the necessary safety measures in place, a school could be found liable for these crimes."
"After a teacher is charged with sexually abusing a student, an investigation can determine if the abuse was preventable. Aside from the criminal charges against the perpetrator, the school could be found liable if they failed to provide safety measures to prevent it from happening. Failure to notify law enforcement of previous reports of misconduct could be a form of neglect. Victims along with their families should consult with an experienced school sexual abuse lawyer to determine if they have a case against a school based on neglect."