What Are The Legal Options For Victims of Sex Abuse by School Staff Members?
School sexual abuse attorney and contributor Brian Kent has experience representing victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here is some general information from Brian on the legal options available to school employee sex abuse victims and their families:
Sexual abuse in schools is a nationwide problem and the Chicago area has been hit particularly hard with widespread reports of teachers and other staff members sexually abusing students. When this happens, the victims and their families have legal rights.
Education is a high-risk field for sexual abuse because of the fact that adults are working with children. This means that sexual predators often seek out positions in education. School administrators must be aware of the dangers these predators pose to their students and act accordingly in order to keep their students safe.
In some cases of school employee sex abuse, the school district is partially responsible for failing to prevent or stop the abuse due to negligence. For example, a school could be considered negligent if there had been previous complaints of sexual misconduct by a staff member but no action was taken by the school, such as contacting law enforcement.
In cases of negligence, school sex abuse victims may have the right to file a lawsuit. If you or your child is a victim of sex abuse by a school employee, you can learn more about your legal options by contacting an experienced sex abuse victim attorney.
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