Legal Recourse for Survivors of Sexual Assault by School Employees
Attorney for sexual abuse in schools and contributor Brian Kent is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. Here are some of his thoughts on the legal options available to survivors of abuse by school employees:
Every school has a responsibility to put the safety of their students above all else. Our schools must be aware of the tragic fact that sexual predators often seek out positions of trust and authority that involve working with kids. These dangers must be guarded against with preventative measures like background checks and policies that limit the potential for abuse on campus. Additionally, students who come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by employees must be taken seriously and law enforcement must be notified.
In some cases of school employee sexual abuse, the school district is at fault for failing to keep their students safe. Some common examples of this type of negligence include:
- Hiring an employee who had a history of sexual misconduct
- Failing to run a background check
- Failing to report suspected abuse to law enforcement in a timely manner
- Attempting to cover up abuse by employees
When a school’s negligence is found to have played a role in enabling abuse, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, it’s important to be fully aware of your legal options. After contacting the police, we advise discussing your case with an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.
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