Legal Options of Victims Sexually Abused at School
Attorney Brian Kent represents victims who have been sexually assaulted. In an interview, we asked Aaron to share his insight to help victims sexually abused at school to determine their legal rights.
Do schools have an obligation to protect students from predators?
“School administration and staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for their students. Due to predators often placing themselves in positions of power in school to exploit students, there are school sexual abuse cases at schools across the country. Schools must do their best to limit sexual abuse and the hiring of predators.”
Can a victim of sexual assault take legal action against a school?
“Schools must implement safety, such as initial hiring background checks, reporting systems, and security cameras. If a school does not implement precautionary measures to prevent students from being sexually assaulted, they may be considered liable for negligence. An example of negligence is if a teacher is caught on camera acting inappropriately with a student, but the school ignores the incident. Victims and their families should know in cases of negligence; they may have grounds for a lawsuit and receive compensation for damages.”
Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ