Legal Options of Victims Sexually Abused By A Teacher
Attorney contributor Brian Kent, an experience sexual abuse lawyer licensed in New Jersey represents victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. We asked Kent to provide some commentary on the legal rights of victims sexually abused by teachers.
What are the legal obligations of schools and administrators to protect their students?
He answered, “Schools and administrators have a legal duty to protect their students by providing a safe environment. Sadly, some sexual predators are found working in schools with children. However, once aware, schools, administrations, and employees must protect students from predators.”
Can a victim sue a school if their teacher sexually abuses them?
“The victim must question whether the school did everything possible to prevent sexual abuse in question. Some sexual abuse cases only transpire as a result of the school’s negligence.” We asked Kent for an example of negligence. He replied, “if a school or administration received previous complaints of sexual misconduct, but allowed the teacher to continue working, that could be considered negligent.” He concluded with, “in such cases of negligence by a school, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit.”
Maple Shade High School in Maple Shade Township, NJ