Justice For Victims of Sexual Abuse by Teachers & School Employees
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now serves as a civil attorney and school sexual abuse attorney, helping survivors find justice through lawsuits and settlements. Here are some general thoughts from Brian on the legal rights of school sex abuse survivors and their families:
Public schools have a responsibility to do all that they can to keep their students safe from sexual predators. Sadly, predators are often found in schools and other fields that involve working with children. When allegations of abuse arise, they must be investigated immediately and suspected abuse must be reported to the authorities in a timely manner.
When a public school fails to prevent, investigate, or report sexual abuse of students by an employee, the victims and their families may have the right to file a lawsuit. In order to have a strong case, the victims and their lawyers will need to establish negligence. Examples of negligence might include:
- Hiring a new employee without running a background check
- Ignoring student complaints of sexual misconduct or abuse by an employee
- Failure to report suspected abuse to law enforcement
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced sex abuse survivors lawyer.
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