Legal Rights of Teacher Sexual Assault Victims
An experienced attorney and regular contributor to Legal Herald, Bobby Thompson has dedicated his legal career to representing survivors of sexual assault in lawsuits against schools for sex abuse. On the legal options available to survivors of sexual abuse committed by teachers and other school staff members, he had the following information to share.
“Our children spend most of their days at school, and we entrust the teachers and other staff with not only their care and education, but also their personal growth. While most teachers may be worthy of this trust, some turn out to be sexual predators who use their positions of authority and trust as a means to sexually abuse their students. When this happens, the victims deserve justice, which they can find in both criminal and civil courts,” Bobby elucidated.
“Indeed, the criminal justice system handles the investigation and prosecution of sexual predators. Additionally, the survivors of sexual assault and abuse often have grounds to file a lawsuit in civil court. In cases involving school employees, the school district may also be held liable if their negligence contributed to the abuse – such as a failure to run a background check or report previous allegations of sexual misconduct.”
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